The body of a 17-year-old cruise ship passenger was found about noon today at the foot of a rock face on Mount Juneau.
Evan Schroeder apparently died of injuries from a fall, said Alaska State Trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson.
A team of 10 rescue workers who climbed the Basin Road side of Mount Juneau reached the teen-ager's body about noon, Wilkinson said.
The body was spotted at the 500-foot level of Mount Juneau this morning by police using binoculars, said Capt. Jerry Godkin of Capital City Fire & Rescue. The search team headed up the mountain at 10:39 a.m., he said.
Schroeder, a resident of New Jersey, was a passenger on the Norwegian Wind. He planned to explore the slopes of Mount Juneau and Mount Roberts on Wednesday, but did not return to the ship before it sailed at midnight.
Police alerted Capital City Fire & Rescue at 9:11 a.m. today to dispatch a team to the area above Basin Road, Godkin said.
A young woman who was hiking with him returned safely, according to ship records. Schroeder's father saw his son about 4 p.m. downtown, cautioned him about hiking and asked him to return by 9:30 p.m. The father called police at 11:04 p.m. to report his son overdue, said Police Capt. Tom Porter.
"Because we didn't know for sure where he was, we initially started checking the downtown area, airport security, taxi stands, hotels, motels and then trailheads," Porter said. Porter did not know the name of the missing teen's father, who has remained in Juneau, he said.
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