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.

Arnold was working on a book about volcanoes when he disappeared April 26 while hiking on a volcano on the island.

Arnold’s sister-in-law, Augusta Palmer, says he probably did not survive after falling down a steep slope.

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.

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


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