JUNEAU (AP) -- A 17-year-old tourist who failed to return to his cruise ship was found dead Thursday on Mount Juneau, police said.
Evan Schroeder, of New Jersey, was the apparent victim of a fall, said Capt. Tom Porter, spokesperson for the Juneau Police Department.
Officers who had been searching the area with binoculars spotted Schroeder's body at about the 500-foot level on Mount Juneau Thursday morning above a popular hiking trail.
Teams from Capital City Fire and Rescue and Juneau Mountain Rescue were dispatched at about 9 a.m. to recover the body.
Schroeder was reported missing by his family at about 11 p.m. Wednesday after he failed to return to the cruise ship Norwegian Wind, which was scheduled to leave Juneau at midnight.
Schroeder left the ship with a young woman and had planned to explore the slopes of Mount Juneau and Mount Roberts on Wednesday, the Juneau Empire reported. His father last saw him at about 4 p.m. in the downtown area and cautioned him about hiking, the newspaper said.
The young woman later returned alone.
Porter said officers did not initially search the mountains Wednesday night out of safety concerns. The father of the boy, who was not identified, remained behind after the ship left to participate in the search, Porter said.
The Norwegian Wind was in Juneau as part of a seven-day tour of Alaska, said Susan Robison of the Norwegian Cruise Lines. The ship left Vancouver, British Columbia on Monday.
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