Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Gay was last seen in a hotel in Skagway, Alaska on September 26, 2000. Gay, who is a geologist, said he was going to hike the Upper Dewey Lake Trail to search rock outcrops for mineral samples.
A search began for him the following morning when he did not return. He was not believed to have had overnight gear with him.
The only evidence that Charles made it to the top was a torn-up,
yellowed sign-in book inside a trapper's shack at Upper Dewey Lake,
about three miles away and 3,100 feet above town.
That Charles had signed the book was discovered by accident, a year after he went missing, when someone noticed pen markings pressed into a crumpled page. With the proper light and angle, the words became clear: "Great day, great hike, but this goddamn pen ran out of ink. Brian G." Charles often went by his middle name.
Gay has never been heard from again. Authorities conducted an extensive search for him shortly after his disappearance, but no evidence related to Gay's whereabouts was discovered.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Alaska State Troopers
Juneau Empire 10/01/00