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Body of missing Craig hunter recovered

A body found Thursday in Behm Canal near Fox Point has been identified by Alaska State Troopers as that of 24-year-old Garret Hagen of Craig.  Hagen had been missing for 11 days.

The initial search began Sunday after the Coast Guard received a call from the crew of the small cruise ship Wilderness Adventure. The crew reported finding the 44-foot Abundance adrift in the vicinity of Saks Cove with no one on board.

Later that day, rescuers found Hagen’s hunting partner, Adrian Knopps of Michigan, in the forest suffering from hypothermia. Knopps was brought to Ketchikan for treatment.

The search for Hagen was suspended Tuesday evening when no signs of the man were found.

On Thursday afternoon, a good Samaritan vessel located Hagen’s body and contacted the Coast Guard.

Hagen was found wearing a life vest, but Troopers say it did not appear to be properly secured. Next of kin have been notified.

His body is being sent to the State Medical Examiner’s office in Anchorage for autopsy.  No foul play is expected.

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