Body found near Bethel believed to be missing boater
Alaska State Troopers say remains found near the Kuskokwim River last weekend have been tentatively identified as those of a man last seen in October.
According to an online dispatch posted Tuesday, the body — believed to be that of 21-year-old Wassillie Keene — was found floating Saturday in the Johnson River, roughly four miles upstream from the Kuskokwim. The person who discovered the body removed it from the river and brought it to Bethel.
“Troopers tentatively identified the body as [Keene], who went missing on [Oct. 25],” troopers wrote. “Keene’s wallet and ID were in his pocket.”
Troopers said Keene had last been seen operating a boat alone, near the confluence of the Kasigluk and Johnson rivers. The boat was subsequently discovered.
Keene’s next of kin have been notified, troopers said. The remains were sent to the State Medical Examiner’s office in Anchorage for an autopsy and positive identification.
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