Body spotted near Savoonga disappears

Posted: Friday, December 06, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- Efforts to recover a body that washed up last month on St. Lawrence Island about 20 miles east of Savoonga have failed.

Alaska State Trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson told KINY-radio that there was a break in the weather, but the body could not be located again.

The body was spotted Nov. 10 floating in the water at the base of a cliff and was described as substantially decomposed.

Troopers and village volunteers had difficulty reaching the body because of its location and weather conditions.

Wilkinson says its possible the body might have been from a Russian barge that disappeared in the area.

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