FBI Anchorage
Public Affairs Officer Chloe Martin
(202) 525-8888
September 12, 2020

FBI Joins Search for Florence Okpealuk

Deputy Chief of Police Robert Pruckner announced today the arrival of FBI personnel to support the Nome Police Department’s ongoing investigative efforts into the disappearance of Florence Okpealuk.

The FBI Anchorage Field Office had been providing technical assistance beginning shortly after Ms. Okpealuk was reported missing, but today’s announcement regarding local supportive efforts comes at the request of the Nome Police Department to provide additional manpower and specialized resources that could assist in finding Ms. Okpealuk.

Anyone with information concerning the disappearance of Ms. Okpealuk is encouraged to call the Nome Police Department at (907) 443-5262. Callers can remain anonymous.

Information about the intensive search for Ms. Okpealuk will be released on a regular basis. The public is also encouraged to take part in upcoming community efforts:

  • Today (September 12) at 12 p.m. there will be a coordinated community search. Volunteers are requested to meet at the Fire Hall to sign in and receive assignments.
  • Today (September 12) at 5:00 p.m. at Nome Hansen’s Park, there will be a prayer gathering held to show support and unity for Ms. Okpealuk’s family.

Florence Okpealuk is approximately 33 years of age, 5’2” in height, has dark brown hair, and is around 130 pounds. She was reported missing by family members on August 31, 2020, and was last seen on West Beach.

This investigation is being conducted by the Nome Police Department, with assistance from the FBI Anchorage Field Office, the Alaska State Troopers, the Nome Volunteer Fire Department Search and Rescue Team, and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Photo of Florence Okpealuk