Dwayne Mann 8/18/65 Hunter Exposure
Laverne Denn 8/18/65 Hunter Exposure
Bodies of Two Hunters Found In Rugged Chugach Pass Area
The bodies of two hunters were found yesterday in separate areas near the Crow Pass area north of Girdwood.
Dead Are Dwayne Mann, 23, and Laverne Denn, 22, both of Hastings, Minn.
The men had been the object of an intensive search by an Army rescue team from Fort Richardson since Saturday.
Another group of hunters coming out of the area spoke to one of
the men Saturday, and after leaving supplies with them walked to safety bringing
out a sick boy, said Denn and Mann were in "pretty bad shape."
the men was so bad that he kept falling," Wright said. "He'd stand up,
take about five steps, then crawl a little ways. Once he walked
"We knew we were going to have a rough time getting out and we
felt we couldn't take them with us," he said, but added that they could have
Wright, a physician, said his son was suffering from
hypothermia, subnormal body temperature, and went through nearly 12 hours of
delirium shortly after he was brought out.
"The two hunters had very few
supplies with them," Wright said, "so we left them about seven day's food
supply, cut some firewood for them, and brought up some water from the
"We told them to stay there, and that we'd send a rescue party
rescue party in. All they had to do was stay there," he stated.
of the men told Wright that they had spent the night wrapped in a leaking
poncho. During the night about four inches of snow fell, chilling the
A spokesman for the Weather Bureau said temperatures in the
5,000-foot Crow Pass area were undoubtedly freezing or near freezing, not
abnormal for this time of year at that location.
The Fort Richardson
search team, ranging from part of a company early Sunday, had swelled to a full
company of 100 men. The men began searching at the base camp, then fanned
out in an attempt to locate the pair the pair.
The first body was found
about 11 a.m. yesterday on the Raven Glacier, about three and one half miles
north of where the pair parked their pickup Friday afternoon, near
At 1:30 p.m., the second body was found in Crow Pass, about one
mile from the first.
Both had died of exposure.
The bodies were
turned over to the State Police and brought to Anchorage where arrangements are
pending at the Anchorage Funeral Chapel.
Mann and Denn were in Alaska for
summer employment as bricklayers.
Mann was married and the father of two
children. His wife, in Hastings, Minn., is expecting a third child next
Denn was single.
Letters to the Editor
Two hunters died in agony near Crow Pass after
an almost certain chance to save them had been missed by the failure of another
party to man a rescue camp. Has the Judaic-Christian principle of valuing
a stranger's life as one's own been entirely forgotten?
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