Body of missing Aniak teen found in Kuskokwim River

Posted: Sunday, May 11, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) The body of a 16-year-old Aniak boy was found floating on the Kuskokwim River, 75 miles downriver from a slough where he was believed to have fallen through in December, Alaska State Troopers said Friday.

Dean Kelila's body was found late Tuesday night about 10 miles upriver from Tuluksak. Trooper George Kammer said a local resident, Fred Pavilla, was hunting for geese with his two sons when he spotted the body at about 11 p.m. as sunset was beginning to approach.

Troopers from Bethel and Tuluksak police recovered the body early Wednesday afternoon, Kammer said.

Kelila was last seen driving his four-wheeler on the Aniak Slough Dec. 6 during a warm spell that created open areas in the river. Kammer said the teenager apparently drowned and was swept away by the fast moving river.

No foul play is suspected.

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