A body found near the Western Alaska village of Chevak appears to be that of a 35-year-old woman sought for weeks in the area, according to Alaska State Troopers.

The discovery was relayed to troopers Sunday evening, according to an online dispatch, amid the search for Sara Nicholas that has been ongoing since March. After Chevak Search and Rescue members reported that “a body was located mostly covered in snow two miles from Chevak towards Hooper Bay,” troopers responded to the scene.

“The remains are believed to be that of [Nicholas],” troopers wrote. “No evidence of foul play was found. The state medical examiner's office requested the body for exam. Next of kin have been notified.”

An image taken from drone footage of a prayer walk for Sara Nicholas held April 9 in Chevak. Nicholas has been missing since late March. (Courtesy Colin Ayuluk)

Chevak residents had called for volunteers and held a prayer walk during the search for Nicholas, who was last seen March 18 by family members. Earlier this month, snow and ice in the area had hindered search efforts between Chevak and nearby Hooper Bay.

Joe Vigil contributed information to this story.

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