North American Missing Persons Network
Charles Bryan Gay

Above Image: Gay

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 26, 2000 from Skagway, Skagway Yakutat Angoon County, Alaska
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: August 14, 1972
  • Age: 28
  • Height: 5'9-5'10"
  • Weight: 150 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: May have a moustache, beard or goatee.
  • AKA: Bryan
  • Case Number: 000067130

  • 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.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Alaska State Troopers
    (907) 465-4000

    Source Information
    Juneau Empire 10/01/00