Ekwok man presumed drowned

Posted: Friday, April 07, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man from the Southwest Alaska village of Ekwok is believed to have drowned in the Nushagak River, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Jeffrey P. Romie, 36, was last seen Monday. His submerged snowmachine was found in the river six miles south of Ekwok Wednesday, troopers said.

A single set of snowmachine tracks led to the spot where the machine was spotted. A woolen hat and glove on the ice were identified as belonging to Romie.

A search of the river near the snowmachine found no sign of his body, but a more detailed search was postponed because of deteriorating ice conditions.

Ekwok is about 50 miles northeast of Dillingham.

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