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« on: May 04, 2009, 08:36:32 PM »

Relative says search still on for missing poet

May 4, 2:22 PM EDT
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- A week has passed since a well-regarded poet disappeared on a Japanese island and his sister-in-law says the search will go on for at least one more day.
University of Wyoming professor Craig Arnold vanished April 27 while hiking up a volcano on a tiny island in the northern Ryukyu Islands.
Arnold has been traveling all over the world, working on a book about volcanoes.
His sister-in-law, Augusta Palmer of New York, said Monday that Japanese authorities have committed to look for Arnold through at least Tuesday. The search involves 20 to 30 people as well as search dogs and helicopters.
Japanese authorities say they've ruled out that Arnold is either inside the volcano caldera or at the barren top of the volcano.
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« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2009, 10:00:58 AM »

Search for US poet in Japan to be scaled down

The search for Arnold who disappeared on a remote Japanese island will end Wednesday, May 6, 2009,a police official said. (AP Photo/Ausable Press, Amanda Abel)

TOKYO (AP) Authorities have scaled down their search for an award-winning U.S. poet who disappeared while hiking up a volcano on a remote Japanese island because their efforts have yielded no clues for more than a week, police said Wednesday.
University of Wyoming assistant 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.
Ten rescue workers, including policemen and firefighters, left for the day's search after sunrise Wednesday, down from 40 people through Tuesday, local police official Takashi Yamasaki said. They will be hiking up the volcano while combing through the area, he added.
Yamasaki said the poet has not returned to a local inn for nine days since he left for a hike.
"We have not found anything, including his belongings," another local police official, Yoshiyuki Kuzuhara, said.
A U.S.-based search-and-rescue organization sent four people to Japan to keep up the search.
The searchers from the 1st Special Response Group arrived Tuesday night. Their strategy will be to look carefully for Arnold's trail and then pursue any signs, said David Kovar, founder of the nonprofit organization based in Mountain View, California.
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.
The island, with a population of just 150 people, is 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 around 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.
Since arriving in Japan in mid-March, Arnold had updated his blog "Volcano Pilgrim: Five Months in Japan as a Wandering Poet," almost daily. The last entry was dated April 26, the day before his disappearance, when he wrote about Miyakejima, another volcanic island off the southern coast of Tokyo.
Arnold 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 several bases.
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« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2009, 08:43:29 AM »

Searchers say they've tracked missing professor to ravine

A private team looking for a U.S. professor who disappeared on a volcanic island in Japan 11 days ago will descend Friday into a ravine the searchers believe he entered, a team representative said.

Footprints and other signs show Craig Arnold hiked up Shintake volcano, and clues discovered Thursday indicate he entered a steep ravine on the way down, said David Kovar, a representative of the U.S.-based rescuers.

"Since light was falling and they were not equipped with ropes to descend into the area, [the team] called it a night Thursday. [Friday] morning, they and the Japanese searchers who are assisting them went back to where they stopped, and they will ... [go] into the ravine," Kovar said.

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« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2009, 04:07:53 PM »

May 8, 7:47 PM EDT

School: Family of missing poet believes he died

By BEN NEARY
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 CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- The family of a University of Wyoming professor missing on a remote Japanese island believes he fell during a hike and didn't survive, the school said Friday.

Craig Arnold's family "learned from the private search group it hired that Arnold likely fell from a high and dangerous cliff, and there is virtually no possibility he could have survived the fall," the university said in a press release Friday.

"We had truly hoped for a different outcome to this story," UW President Tom Buchanan said. "On behalf of all the faculty and staff at the University of Wyoming, I extend my deepest regrets to Craig's family and fiancee."

Phone messages left for Arnold's sister-in-law were not immediately returned Friday.

Arnold, an assistant professor of English and a published poet, vanished April 26. He was in Japan as part of a creative writing program and was hiking on a volcano on the island of Kuchinoerabu-jima, which is about 30 miles off Japan's southern Kyushu island
An American rescue team had no luck on its final day of searching for Arnold, but a Japanese team will continue to search the area identified by the American team, said David Kovar, of the California-based 1st Special Response Group. He said the Americans must leave the island for other commitments.
Kovar said the team tracked Arnold's trail to the "edge of a very steep drop off, essentially a cliff," and there was an indication that the professor "did have some sort of accident, slip essentially, at the top of that cliff."

Kovar said earlier that it would be difficult for Arnold to survive in the area, particularly if he took a fall, but that "people have survived in worse environments."

A Facebook page set up by Arnold's fiancee, Rebecca Lindenberg, included a posting Friday that she and his family have concluded he did not survive and that Arnold's brother Chris will try to find specialists to recover Arnold's body.

"His trail indicates that after sustaining a leg injury, Craig fell from a very high and very dangerous cliff and there is virtually no possibility that Craig could have survived that fall," it read.

Arnold, 41, is the author of two award-winning books of poetry. He was in Japan through the U.S.-Japan Friendship Commission's Creative Artists Exchange Fellowship and was working on a book on volcanoes.Kovar said the team tracked Arnold's trail to the "edge of a very steep drop off, essentially a cliff," and there was an indication that the professor "did have some sort of accident, slip essentially, at the top of that cliff."

Kovar said earlier that it would be difficult for Arnold to survive in the area, particularly if he took a fall, but that "people have survived in worse environments."

A Facebook page set up by Arnold's fiancee, Rebecca Lindenberg, included a posting Friday that she and his family have concluded he did not survive and that Arnold's brother Chris will try to find specialists to recover Arnold's body.

"His trail indicates that after sustaining a leg injury, Craig fell from a very high and very dangerous cliff and there is virtually no possibility that Craig could have survived that fall," it read.

Arnold, 41, is the author of two award-winning books of poetry. He was in Japan through the U.S.-Japan Friendship Commission's Creative Artists Exchange Fellowship and was working on a book on volcanoes.
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« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2009, 05:16:23 PM »

Missing poet Craig Arnold presumed dead

Award-winning poet Craig Arnold, who went missing in Japan in late April, is presumed to have died after a fall, his employer, the University of Wyoming, announced Friday. The university had established a fund to try to find Arnold after Japanese authorities ended their search.

The American search team that arrived tracked Arnold to the edge of "a high and dangerous cliff, and there is virtually no possibility he could have survived the fall," the release explained. Arnold was fascinated with volcanoes and had traveled to Kuchinoerabu-jima, a tiny Japanese island, to visit the volcano there. The 41-year-old author was in Japan on a creative exchange fellowship.

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« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2009, 11:27:48 PM »

May 15, 7:27 PM EDT

Climbers search without success for missing poet

By MEAD GRUVER
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- A team of climbers completed a two-day search without finding poet and University of Wyoming assistant professor Craig Arnold, who's been missing on a small Japanese island.
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Last week, trackers traced 41-year-old Arnold's path to the edge of the thickly forested slope but lacked the climbing expertise and time to go further.

Palmer says the team looking for Arnold this week had climbing skills but not tracking skills. She says the next effort could involve people with both climbing and tracking skills.
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Friends, family gather to remember missing poet
September 2, 2009

Wyoming professor who went missing in April while hiking in Japan.

They remembered Craig Arnold, 41, as a lover not only of words, but of travel, food and wine.

Arnold went missing April 26 while hiking on a volcano on a remote Japanese island. Relatives kept up a search for him for weeks before finally giving up any hope of finding him alive.

More than 100 people gathered at the University of Wyoming Art Museum on Wednesday to listen to readings of Arnold's work and hear stories from his life.

Peter Parolin, chairman of the UW English Department, recalled how Arnold was a "complicated man" who nonetheless "lived abundantly and well."

"Brilliant? Absolutely. Independent? Ornery? Sometimes," Parolin said. "I can still see him when I'd be talking in department meetings, contorting his long body into paroxysms of disagreement."

The same passion Arnold channeled into poetry and promotion of the art.

"He was public, he was a performer, he burst on our Laramie scene and instituted those amazing poetry slams," Parolin said. "How many high school kids had the courage to stand up and declare themselves poets under Craig's auspices? He gave those young people a gift."

English professor Janice Harris recounted a dinner party Arnold hosted at his apartment - how the warmth of his friendship and delicious eggplant caponata helped seal out the bitter Laramie cold that night.

"We will miss you, Craig, as a poet, as a cook, as a friend," she concluded.

Poetry read at the memorial included Arnold's work "Made Flesh":

"Then, then we feel death
to the bud of body then we learn

"Little by little to relinquish

"Gracefully and less afraid

"Each time to let each other slip

"Slowly out of our clasp made

"Fire, made flower, made flesh."

Arnold published two award-winning collections of poetry, "Shells" in 1999 and "Made Flesh" last year.

Survivors include his 15-year-old son, Robin, parents John and Judy Arnold, brother Chris Arnold, and longtime girlfriend Rebecca Lindenberg.
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