the nightmare for the borer family

April 26, 1989 Borer Horror Willow, Alaska, is recognized as the beginning venue of the state’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. But in 1989, one month after the race concluded, a nightmare began there for the Borer family. Thirty-two years later, it still has not ended. On April 26, 1989, seven-year-old David Borer told his sister he was going to play at a sandbar along the frozen Kashwitna River near his home in Willow. When he had not returned by supper, David’s parents called the police. They believed he may have fallen into the swift, shallow river as its center was not iced over. After several days of searching, however, divers failed to find any trace of him. Police also thought it possible David had been attacked by a bear, but again found no evidence to support the theory. David was a most adventurous child who often hitchhiked along the nearby Parks Highway. Hunters reported seeing him walking near Mile Marker 82, eleven miles north of Willow at approximately 5:00 p.m. Though David had told his sister he was going to play at the sandbar, he may have changed his mind and could have been heading to a friend’s home in the area. Few clues have emerged suggesting what happened to the adventurous David Borer. His disappearance is classified and is still being investigated as a non-family abduction.

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