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Search for US poet in Japan to be scaled down

Search for US poet in Japan to be scaled down

The weeklong search for an award-winning U.S. poet who disappeared while hiking up a volcano on a remote Japanese island has yielded no clues and authorities will scale down the search, a police official said Tuesday.
University of Wyoming professor Craig Arnold, 41, was reported missing April 27 after he failed to return from a hike on the tiny island of Kuchinoerabu-jima, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) off the coast of Japan's southern Kyushu island.
"We have not found anything, including his belongings," local police official Yoshiyuki Kuzuhara said.
Around 40 people _ including policemen, firefighters and rescue workers _ were involved in the search for Arnold, along with search dogs and a police helicopter. But Kuzuhara said the search operation will be scaled down after Wednesday.
Japanese authorities say they had ruled out Arnold being either inside the volcano's crater or at the barren top of the mountain. U.S. military aircraft were involved in the search during its first day.
Kuzuhara said the mountain has no hiking trail, and the locals hardly go there.
"People come to our island for fishing, not for hiking," he said.
The island, with population of just 150 people, is mostly covered by dense vegetation. It is about seven miles (11 kilometers) long and three miles (five kilometers) wide and dominated by the 1,800-foot (550-meter) volcano, which last erupted in 1980.
Arnold had been traveling all over the world, working on a book about volcanoes. He is the author of two award-winning books of poetry and was in Japan through the U.S.-Japan Friendship Commission's Creative Artists Exchange Fellowship.
He grew up in a U.S. Air Force family and lived four years on the Japanese island of Okinawa, where the U.S. military has a base.


Updated : 2021-05-18 17:17 GMT+08:00