Missing Kotzebue man found dead after weekend search
The body of a Kotzebue man last seen alive Friday was found this week by a loved one, Alaska State Troopers said.
Search efforts had begun Friday night for 32-year-old Jared Walker, troopers said in an online dispatch, after he was reported overdue for his expected 4 p.m. return from a camp near the Noatak River’s mouth.
“A hasty team was sent to the cabin, but Walker was not there,” troopers wrote. “Surrounding villages were asked to look for him within their communities.”
On Tuesday, troopers said Walker’s body was found at about 12:30 p.m. near Jones Camp – about six miles north of Kotzebue – by a family member who had joined search efforts. His next of kin have been notified.
“After Walker’s body is recovered, it will be sent to the [state medical examiner’s office] in Anchorage for autopsy,” troopers wrote.
Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said no signs of suspicious activity were initially reported in Walker’s death. She said Walker had taken important precautions before his departure, including leaving a trip plan and a contact to report him overdue Friday.
“The person who reported him, they had spoken with him and he was expected earlier in the day,” Peters said. “He was in an area that he wasn’t expected to be found in, which was why [the search] took multiple days.”