Bodies of missing kayakers found near Cordova

Posted: Sunday, July 29, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The bodies of two Cordova kayakers, who disappeared June 28, have been found.

Alaska State Troopers said the bodies of Curtis Keitel and Lee Houser were found Thursday afternoon in Deep Bay near Cordova. A fisherman spotted the two bodies near Salmo Point. The bodies were being taken to the State Medical Examiner's office in Anchorage for autopsy.

Keitel and Houser had been staying at a cabin near Hawkins Island and had set out for Cordova early on the morning of Thursday, June 28th. When they failed to return home by the following day, a search was launched.

Their kayak was found beached on the north shore of Deep Bay, but there was no sign of the two. Troopers said it appeared the kayak had been swamped and the two were not wearing life jackets.

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