Overdue hunter found dead near Koliganek
A 24-year-old hunter reported overdue Wednesday night in returning to the western Alaska village of Koliganek was found dead nearby hours later, Alaska State Troopers said.
Word that Jairus Nelson hadn’t arrived in Koliganek, a Nushagak River community of about 220 people roughly 65 miles northeast of Dillingham, reached troopers just before 8 p.m. Wednesday according to an online dispatch.
“Investigation revealed [Nelson] departed the village on foot to go hunting earlier in the day and has not returned,” troopers wrote. “A hasty team was sent to look for Jairus. Jairus was located at approximately [9:29 p.m.] about two miles from village deceased.”
Nelson’s death is under investigation, troopers said, but no foul play is suspected.
Nelson’s next of kin have been notified, and his body will be sent to Anchorage for an autopsy.
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