State troopers recover body from Chena River

Posted: Wednesday, June 20, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers pulled a body from the Chena River on Tuesday afternoon.

A boater spotted the body floating near the western shore of the river and reported it to troopers shortly before 2 p.m.

''It was stuck. It had snagged on something,'' said trooper Gary Tellep. ''We brought out one of our boats, but we didn't need the boat. It was recovered by wading.''

Troopers said the condition of the body, believed to be a man, indicated it had been in the water for a long time. Troopers believe they know the identity based on identification found on the body, but would not release the name until positive identification is made.

The state medical examiner will perform an autopsy.

Troopers refused to comment on whether the body was that of a Fairbanks boater who fell into the river May 23.

Aaron Keller, 28, fell from a boat less than two miles upstream from where the body was recovered.

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