Missing snowmachiner found dead near Quinhagak
The body of a snowmachiner missing on a trip from Eek to Quinhagak has been found, according to Alaska State Troopers.
Volunteer searchers retrieved Timothy Beebe, 48, at about 11 a.m. Thursday, troopers wrote in an online dispatch. His body was removed “from the Kanektok River in shallow water after the tide had gone out.”
“On [Wednesday] searchers dragging a net by boat found Beebe’s submerged snowmachine in the Kanektok River just outside of Quinhagak,” troopers wrote. “Beebe’s body was located approximately [a] half mile from where the [snowmachine] was located.”
Beebe had last been seen at about 7 p.m. Saturday leaving for his hometown of Quinhagak on a blue Polaris snowmachine. An extensive air and ground search had been conducted for him, by volunteers as well as Alaska Army National Guard helicopter crews.
Beebe’s next of kin have been notified, and the state medical examiner’s office has asked that his body be sent to Anchorage.
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