Hunter's ID found near remains

Posted: Tuesday, May 09, 2000

Remains found three miles from Whitestone Harbor near Hoonah have still not been conclusively identified.

But Alaska State Troopers said the remains are believed to be those of Robert J. ``Robbie'' Williams of Juneau, who disappeared Dec. 15 while hunting with friends.

The remains were found Sunday by members of the deer-hunting party Williams had been part of.

Two troopers responded to the scene. The remains consisted of bones, a skull and remnants of clothing. A wallet containing Williams' identification card was found nearby in a fanny pack.

``Everything indicates this was him,'' said Greg Wilkinson, trooper spokesman.

The remains were sent to the medical examiner's office in Anchorage on Monday. It takes two or three days typically for dental records to be compared, so positive identification cannot be made until later in the week, Wilkinson said.

The original search began Dec. 16 and lasted more than a week. Troopers estimate more than 1,500 staff and volunteer hours, as well as between 40 and 50 hours of flight time, were dedicated to the effort.

Williams' family had no comment today.



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