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Gould’s brother speaks about his sister’s disappearance

by KTNA Staff ~ June 20th, 2011

In the early days of June, a statewide missing persons story unfolded. 7 time Iditarod musher Melanie Gould had gone missing. The ending was a happy one, with Gould found alive and unharmed after 10 days.  Gould’s brother has been busy since the recovery taking care of his baby sister. Sue Deyoe spoke with Gould’s brother about what he said he hopes is the last chapter in the search for Melanie.


note: Although all dogs are well cared for, there are still a few that need PERMANENT homes.  Tupper was mistaken when he said they were all spoken for.

13 Responses to Gould’s brother speaks about his sister’s disappearance

  1. Mike Korn

    What Gould’s brother says no sense. His explanation about her avoiding rescuers is pure doubletalk.

  2. Katerina

    Wishing Melanie the best of luck, strength and happiness.

  3. Drid Williams

    Hopefully, Gould’s brother is right about his hopes for “the last chapter in the search for Melanie.” I don’t understand why the story has dominated for so long, especially since she won’t explain why she pulled her disappearing act. Frankly, it has just got tiresome, and I wish the articles would stop. Don’t know how much opinions from the lower 48 count, but there’s a lot of news about Alaska that’s being ignored while tiresome stories about this woman keep running.

    Enough already!

  4. Michael Hendricks

    Bottom line…Melanie is back safe and sound. The Alaska State Troopers may want to learn from this, to put forth a little greater effort next time, when they are told there is no way that someone like a musher, someone who’s life revolves around their dogs, would go and leave them unattended for days. Use of logic might, next time, be something they might want to employ as an asset.

  5. Ohio Musher

    This makes perfect sense to me! Melanie is experienced in wilderness survival and loves the wild. She was tired from working two jobs,thought she would take a quick trip to a wilderness area she knew, got directionally turned around and then lost. If she was playing games or planned to stay away, she surely would’ve done things differently! The poor young woman was overwhelmed and overtired. A much needed change has now been made for her-a change she needed perhaps, but was unable to make! Those who have never lived in a remote cabin without running water really have no context to put Melanie’s experience into. I’m happy and thankful she has loving family and friends who will be there for her as she moves on to the next phase of her life. There are lots of lessons to be learned by everyone involved and also by those of us who have just observed from afar. Take the positive and move on! Leave the negative and unprofitable criticism and be thankful the poor girl DIDN’T get abducted or killed by a grizzly!

  6. Sian

    Most of that doesn’t make sense with what has been said about her and the search for her. It just seems a shame that a real reason and explanation can’t be given when so many have supported her family and friends in the search.

  7. nina wheless

    I for 1 have no doubt how easy this could happen and only a very few could have survived. my prayers are with Mel. and my thanks to Talkeetna, friends and searcher for not giving up.

  8. AKLifer

    I’ve been here a long time, since before statehood, in fact. Thirty or forty years ago this would have been taken in stride, folks would be glad the lost was found, and life would go on.

    Sometimes, living here is tough. When one chooses an isolated lifestyle, things change and priorities are rearranged. I’ve gone winters with limited human contact and survived just fine, but I did develop a different outlook on life. I knew I was capable, had met the elements and survived, but that confidence lacked a consideration of what others did not know about my skills.

    Only supposition and gossip keeps this alive, neither of which matters in the long run. Live a good life, Melanie. It’s yours to do with as you please.

  9. Kirstie

    I’m glad that she is safe with her family and that her dogs are being cared for. Really that is the most important thing. Sounds like she will be starting a new life and I hope that she is looking forward to that. I’m glad that her brother released a statement on her behalf, I found it to be helpful. I hope Melanie continues to do well in her life. 🙂

  10. grokit

    So an accomplished Iditarod musher drove four hours away from her home in Talkeetna without her cell phone on a day she was scheduled to go to work and got lost for over a week, and was unaware that anyone was looking for her. Is that about the jist of it?

  11. Sue Deyoe

    Ed. comment – just correcting facts. The area her truck was found was about an hour and a half drive from her home. Pretty short drive for an Alaskan.

  12. lower48er

    sounds like she had a bit of a breakdown and needed to get away for a while. granted, she should have told someone not to search for her. But cant a person just disappear for a while anymore, without the wholeworld demanding answers? isn’t that what living in a remote cabin is for in the first place?

  13. Anne

    Melanie, forget about the bad that people say, life would not be life without balance, and I suppose that means we have to live with the ‘negative nellies’ too (live and let live, right?)… you have to sift through them just as you would life as a whole and only focus on the positive. Whatever your reason for where you ended up, you still have a lot to look forward to, make it the best from here on out!!!! Sometimes being lost is a blessing, I know, I have been there too! Embrace your friends and family… the positive ones that is. Good luck to you Melanie!!!!