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Body found in Port of Anchorage

Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A body was found in the Port of Anchorage but was so badly decomposed authorities were having a hard time determining a positive identity, police said Tuesday.

A dredging crew found the body in some mud Friday night near the small boat harbor, Sgt. Ross Plummer said.

Franc Fallico, acting chief medical examiner, said the gender of the body had not been determined. He said his office will try to lift fingerprints from the body, and if that fails, seek dental records of possible individuals.

Possibilities include two men last seen in the vicinity, Plummer said.

In May, a 29-year-old man walked into Cook Inlet near the small boat harbor. Boaters watched Christopher Galuska disappear under the water, but searchers found no sign of him. Galuska was presumed drowned.

In November, a Philippine sailor vanished and authorities feared he fell off a broken ladder while trying to reboard his cargo ship in the port. Searchers were unable to find 37-year-old Wilfredo Bosas.

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