News of a family of four missing from their north Kenai residence for nearly two weeks has been unsettling for residents who described the neighborhood as quiet with transient people who don’t live in the area long.
“We don’t know everybody in our building much less buildings down the street,” said Amy Murrell-Haunold, who has lived on California Avenue for five years. “It’s scary. I didn’t expect anything like this to happen.”
While authorities have received new information every day during their investigation into the family’s disappearance, Kenai Police Chief Gus Sandahl said there has been no big break that would lead investigators to search in a specific location.
Sandahl said the last physical evidence of a sighting for Rebecca Adams, 22, and her two daughters Michelle Hundley, 5, and Jaracca Hundley, 3, came from video surveillance at a Kenai business on May 18. Adams’ family has disclosed to police phone conversations with Adams around Memorial Day weekend.
Also missing is Adams’ boyfriend, 37-year-old Brandon Jividen, and the family dog named Sparks, a brown and white English springer spaniel. During the second day of briefings, police had little new information to provide, but Sandahl said they are taking all logical steps to find the missing group.
“We remain optimistic we will be able to reunite them with their family,” Sandahl said. “We want nothing more at this point and hope they are safe.”
The family lived upstairs in a four-plex on California Avenue off of Wildwood Drive in North Kenai for almost two years, said property managers Jeff Pfile and Anna Haave. The two said they first became concerned when the rent went unpaid and they did not hear from the family after the five-day grace period.
“If I felt they were going out of town I would have been the first person they called because they are so responsible (for paying their rent on time),” Haave said. “For them to not say anything is not normal.”
Haave said at first she thought the family went camping, but still found it strange they didn’t make arrangements to pay rent prior to leaving.
When Haave visited the complex, she said she noticed their storage area under a carport was open and both Jividen’s black truck and Adams’ car were parked there.