The body of Ketchikan man was found Sunday morning in the water north of Bold Island.
At approximately 9:45 Saturday night, 30-year-old John Wallace was reported overdue from a hunting trip. The US Coast Guard launched a search shortly after receiving the report. Petty Officer Bill Colclough says the Coast Guard deployed a 45-foot response boat crew from Station Ketchikan and a helicopter crew from Air Station Sitka. Colclough says Wallace’s overturned skiff was located near Bold Island, but they were unable to locate Wallace after an extensive search of the shoreline.
The Coast Guard continued the search through the night.
Jerry Kiffer of Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad says KVRS was contacted by Alaska State Troopers at about 2 a.m. Sunday to assist the Coast Guard in the search.
“We stood up our command center in Ward Cove and at daylight we dispatched a rescue boat down to the area. The intent was to start where the person was supposed to go and start doing shoreline searches in a northerly direction.”
Kiffer says KVRS found Wallace’s body at about 9 a.m. Sunday in the water north of Bold Island. Wallace was not wearing a life jacket.
Next of kin and the State Medical Examiners’ Office were notified. Alaska State Troopers are in charge of the investigation. No foul play is suspected.
NOTE: This story has been updated. The Troopers Daily Dispatch indicated the search was suspended at 1:30 a.m. Sunday and resumed at daylight. According to information provided by the Coast Guard, the search continued overnight.