Details of Disappearance
Eric Bealer disappeared with his wife, Pamela
. On September 12, 2018, they went to their summer cabin at Green Top, which is on the outer coast of Yakobi Island near Pelican Bay, Alaska. They were expected back by the end of September, but neither of them returned and they were never heard from again.
In October, two concerned friends went to the Bealers' cabin and found it deserted. They was a note taped to the window on the front door, reading,
To the world and all concerned: This is to officially notify you that Eric and Pam Bealer, by their own choice and free will, have committed suicide. We have gone to some effort to hide our bodies, as we do not want them found. Please do not waste time and money looking. It would serve no purpose. We are gone, leave us to our peace. (And yes, we have taken the dog with us…) (Oh, and we set the chickens free!)
The Bealers had left boxes behind, as well as letters they asked to have mailed to people close to them. They left handwritten wills, they left their artwork to the owner of a gallery in Sitka, Alaska, and the rest of their property to a wilderness fund run by the Sitka Conservation Society.
Many of the Bealers' friends were not surprised by what happened. Pamela had multiple sclerosis and she and her husband had spoken before about plans to take their lives when her health became unmanageable.
Eric and Pamela were described as self-reliant naturalists, and Eric was renowned for his wood engravings depicting wilderness scenes. A search of the area around the cabin turned up no sign of either of them, but they are presumed deceased. In June 2019, both of them were declared legally dead.