A firearm found in Southeast Alaska woods this week led responders to also discover human remains, according to Alaska State Troopers.

An initial report reached troopers Wednesday of a weapon being found near Edna Bay, a community on Kosciusko Island near Prince of Wales Island.

“On [Friday], troopers located the firearm on a hilltop near Edna Bay in a wooded area,” troopers wrote in an online dispatch. “Human remains were also discovered in the area.”

The discovery matches some elements of the Aug. 3, 2006 disappearance of 54-year-old Patrick Chambers, whom troopers said in a missing-persons bulletin was last seen leaving his Edna Bay home. Searchers told the Anchorage Daily News that he had been carrying “a pistol and a sleeping bag,” on what was believed to be a deer-hunting trip.

Forty people using four-wheelers and trucks helped search for Chambers, according to KTVA reports at the time, but aircraft had been grounded by poor weather in the area.

Troopers spokesman Tim DeSpain had no further details on the discovery Saturday afternoon.

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