Body pulled from Cook Inlet

Posted: Monday, July 07, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) A body of a woman was recovered Thursday by a fishing vessel in Cook Inlet off Anchor Point.

Alaska State Troopers said the body was that of an older woman. An autopsy is planned. The woman has not been positively identified.

Three people on a small airplane have been missing in the area since June 25.

A Cessna 180 flying from Hallo Bay to Homer never arrived. On board were pilot Bert Novak of Palmer and passengers James and Pam Hawthorne of Lake Worth, Fla.

Trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson said the body was recovered by the Corona Kay, which was performing salmon counts for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

The body was recovered in a gill net and showed no signs of foul play.

Troopers indicated the body looked as if it had been in the water for about two weeks.

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