Cheseto found alive, “extremely hypothermic”

Deputy Chief Brad Munn and another member of the UPD staff review a map in the search and rescue headquarters.

UPDATE 5:30 am, 11/9/11:

Marko Cheseto is alive.

Cheseto walked into the Springhill Suites hotel located on University Lake by the UAA and APU campuses at around 3:30 am this morning. The hotel immediately contacted UPD .

In an official statement by UAA, Cheseto is said to be “extremely hypothermic” and has been taken to a local hospital for treatment.

More information coming as this story continues to develop.

11:30 pm, 11/8/10:

Police Chief Rick Shell said that an APD helicopter is flying around UAA grounds in search of UAA track star Marko Cheseto. APD, UPD, UAA Response Team, and several volunteers have set up an incident command in Student Union 124, the Lyla Richards room.

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UAA facilities is searching through all buildings, and People Mover bus drivers are now carrying fliers of Cheseto. Snow machine and dog teams are tracing the area from UAA to 42nd street, where Cheseto lives.

His debit card has not been used since Sunday when he disappeared, according to Kristen DeSmith, Vice-Chancellor of University Advancement. DeSmith said that scuba divers will be available tomorrow to search lakes and creeks around campus.

10:30am, 11/8/10:

UAA track star Marko Cheseto-Lemtukei went missing late Sunday night.

Marko Cheseto has won 4 All-American titles at the NCAA, the most for any Seawolf athlete

He was last seen 7:15 p.m. Sunday night in the SSB Starbucks, the same night that a large snowstorm hit Anchorage. Police think that he was not wearing clothes suited for the severe weather.

He did not come home that night and his roommates were worried. After he did not show up for classes Monday, worried friends called the police. After a search of his locker revealed his keys, cell phone, and coat left behind, searchers became even more intent on finding Cheseto as soon as possible.

UPD, students, fellow athletes, community members, and a search squad with dogs have been scouring the wooded area surrounding UAA, in hopes of finding something that will lead them to Cheseto’s whereabouts.

Anyone who may know his whereabouts is asked to call campus police at 786-1120 or Anchorage police at 786-8900.