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US poet goes missing

AN acclaimed American poet who had been working on a book about volcanoes disappeared five days ago during a scouting expedition on a tropical island in southern Japan.

Craig Arnold, 41, is an assistant professor of English at the University of Wyoming. He went missing on Monday during a visit to a volcano on the island of Kuchinoerabu-jima in the northern Ryukyu Islands of southern Japan.

Japanese law only requires authorities to look for missing people for three days, but University of Wyoming officials say the search has been extended through tomorrow.

Arnold went for a hike up the volcano around mid-afternoon on Monday, shortly after arriving at the island by ferry and checking in at an inn, according to his brother, Chris Arnold, of Brooklyn, New York.

When Arnold hadn't returned by 8pm, the inn staff went looking for him. They reported him missing at 9pm, and a formal search began that night.

Forty people, dogs and a helicopter joined the following day's search. Police reported finding Arnold's tracks on a trail up the volcano, but no tracks coming down.

The island is about 11 kilometers long by 5 kilometers wide.


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