The relationship between a Tennessee man who went missing in Alaska last week with his on-and-off girlfriend has long been surrounded by “a lot of controversy and a lot of weirdness,” involving substance abuse and accusations of domestic violence, a longtime friend told The Daily Beast.
Jonas Bare, 50, and Cynthia Hovsepian, 37, have been missing since Aug. 11, when they were due to check out of their Airbnb in Fairbanks but failed to do so, according to the Fairbanks Police Department. They then missed their return flight and didn’t contact their families, after which officers searched the property and found the couple’s luggage. Their rented Jeep was found abandoned at the Chena Hot Springs Resort on Saturday, the same day they were reported missing.
The friend, who is married to Bare’s college roommate and has known him for more than 25 years, said Hovsepian had recently emerged from a debilitating battle with drugs and underwent open-heart surgery in June 2022.