On April 26, 1989, seven-year-old David Borer vanished while walking along Parks Highway near Mile Marker 82, eleven miles north of his home in Willow, Alaska. Willow is only about 2,000 people. It is about 2 hours away from Anchorage. He was either going to a friend’s house or a sandbar near the frozen Kashwitna River. After he disappeared, police looked into the possibility that he may have fallen into the river. However, there was no hole in the ice to prove that. Also, divers searched the water and failed to find any trace of him.
Police also looked into the possibility that David was abducted while walking along the highway. He had apparently hitchhiked periodically throughout the area prior to his disappearance, and some believe that he may have met with foul play. His case remains unsolved.
Police also raised the possibility that he was killed by a bear. Bears in Alaska can be quite dangerous and have been known to attack adults in rare cases. David’s family disagreed with this theory and felt that it distracted people from the search. It is also possible he may of wondered into the woods and died of exposure.
David was a first grader at Willow Elementary School at the time of his disappearance. He is described as a very independent child who once hitchhiked 30 miles to Wasilla, Alaska. His parents were separated at the time of his disappearance and he lived with his mother and siblings. David’s mother gave birth to another son less than a year after his disappearance, but the baby died in an accident at the age of four weeks.
David’s case remains unsolved. For lack of evidence, police are treating it as an abduction.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Alaska State Troopers 907-733-2256