Search called off for missing Nome hiker

The search has been suspended for a Nome man missing for more than a week.

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Alaska State Troopers said they’ve ended the search for 36-year-old Joseph Balderas pending any new leads.

The search for Balderas began after he failed to show up for work June 27 at his job as a law clerk in the Nome court.

Balderas’ vehicle was found along the Nome-Council Highway, and Alaska State Troopers say he may have been mountain running or hiking off the road.

In a web posting Tuesday, troopers said the intensive seven-day search involving multiple agencies turned up no evidence of his location.