JUNEAU - The body of an Angoon hunter missing for more than three weeks is on its way to Anchorage today after it was recovered in the water near Mitchell Bay on Friday evening, Alaska State Troopers said today.
A boater, whose name is not being released, discovered the body of Walter Jack Jr., 21, around 6:48 p.m. Friday in the water between Target Island and Diamond Island in Mitchell Bay, said trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson.
Jack went missing Aug. 18 when he left his campsite and two sleeping friends to go for an early morning hike during a hunting trip. When Jack did not return by mid-morning, his friends looked for him and ultimately notified authorities in Angoon that Jack was missing. Search and rescue workers looked for Jack for nearly a week before suspending their efforts.
The boater found the body Friday about 3 1/2 miles away from the search area, Wilkinson said.
Jack's family has requested an autopsy, which will be conducted today, to determine the exact cause of death, Wilkinson said. Foul play is not suspected, he said.