A man was found dead in a lake near Juneau on Tuesday. He has been identified as 56-year-old Steven Earl Carey. His family told Juneau Police Carey had recently been living in Washington State and came to Juneau unexpectedly.

Lt. Krag Campbell said Wednesday that the body, discovered floating in the partially flooded Glory Hole excavated near the former Treadwell Mine on Douglas Island, was reported by a hiker at about 3:45 p.m. Tuesday. Capital City Fire and Rescue units responded to recover the body from the steep-walled area.

“A Washington state driver’s license was located in a wallet inside the man’s clothing,” police wrote. “From the driver’s license, the man was identified as a 56-year-old Washington resident. Alaska records show that the male may have lived in Juneau between the 1970s and 1980s."

On Wednesday afternoon, Campbell said the man had apparently been back in Juneau “for a short period of time” prior to his death. It wasn’t clear how long he had been in the Glory Hole before he was found, but investigators believe he fell into its waters.

“We don’t see any injuries that would be consistent with someone causing his death, so it doesn’t appear to be suspicious,” Campbell said.

Police were still working with Washington authorities to contact the man’s family, Campbell said.

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