Human remains found offshore near Toksook Bay
A human body has been recovered from waters near Toksook Bay in Southwest Alaska, according to Alaska State Troopers.
The discovery by a fisherman, roughly half a mile off Nelson Island – where Toksook Bay is located, along with Nightmute and Tununak – was reported to Bethel troopers at about 8:15 p.m. Monday, troopers said in an online dispatch.
“The body is believed to be that of an adult male,” troopers wrote. “Troopers are working with the state medical examiner’s office to positively identify the person.”
There wasn’t any indication from the dispatch of whether the remains might be linked to the spring disappearance of 26-year-old Jazmin James, who had reportedly been snowmachining from Nunapitchuk to Tununak on March 31. His snowmachine was recovered from sea ice the following day, but James was never found.
Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters didn’t have word on how long a positive identification of the remains might take. She wrote in an email Tuesday that troopers generally contact families which are “potentially connected” to found remains.
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