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updated: 11/17/2012 9:15 AM

Wisconsin man missing in northwest Alaska

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Open rivers, thin ice and a lack of snow are holding up a ground search for a 31-year-old Wisconsin man overdue from a trip to northwest Alaska.

Thomas Seibold of Three Lakes was reported overdue Sunday.

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Siebold in September traveled to Alaska to hike and explore. Alaska State Troopers say he split from his friends in late September intending to stay at a remote cabin through October.

He was expected to hike 25 miles to the village of Kobuk (COE'-buck) but so far has not appeared.

Seibold is an outdoors and survival instructor. He has camped extensively during winters.

Troopers hope to search along the Ambler River and Ulaneak (oo-LAN'-ee-ack) Creek where Seibold may have built a base camp.

Bad weather has restricted search flights.

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