Aniak teen missing, feared drowned

Posted: Tuesday, December 10, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A teenage boy from the village of Aniak is missing and feared drowned.

Alaska State Troopers said Dean Kelilia, 16, was reported missing Sunday afternoon. He was last seen late Friday night by his younger sister.

The girl told troopers she thought her brother had been drinking. He told her he intended to ride his all-terrain vehicle across the slough to the family's home in Old Aniak.

Early Monday afternoon, Fish and Wildlife Trooper Jim Pagel, flying a state aircraft, spotted a four-wheeler believed to have been operated by Kelilia.

The machine was upside down, submerged about two miles downstream from where Kelilia was thought to have entered the Aniak Slough.

Special dragging equipment and underwater cameras were being sent to the area from Bethel to assist with the search.

Aniak is approximately 100 miles northeast of Bethel on the Kuskokwim River.

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