Body recovered in Ketchikan missing-person search
A body was found Friday near the Southeast Alaska town of Ketchikan as local authorities searched for a missing person, according to police.
The deceased female wasn’t named in a Friday statement on the Ketchikan Police Department’s Facebook page. Police dispatchers said nobody was available to discuss the discovery Saturday.
According to the statement, police were first notified Oct. 21 of a missing female. On Tuesday, word reached investigators that the person “was last seen in the area of the Carlanna Lake Dam.”
Members of the department’s dive team, as well as the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad and Alaska State Troopers, searched the lake Thursday. The body was discovered the next day, during a K-9 search being conducted by rescue squad volunteers; police were called to recover the remains.
“A female body was located about a quarter mile downstream from Carlanna Lake Dam at approximately [11:55 a.m. Friday],” police wrote. “Due to the difficult location of the body, a helicopter was utilized to remove the deceased.”
Police said the body hasn’t yet been identified, but has been sent to the state medical examiner’s office in Anchorage to determine a cause of death.