David Slwooko, 41, and Debbie Kimoktoak, 48, went missing last week after leaving Koyuk in a 17-foot skiff. Along with two dogs, they were headed for the Unalakleet, but they never arrived. Their skiff was found upside down and beached about 13-miles southwest of Unalakleet.
Trooper Spokesperson Beth Ipsen says a passing pilot spotted Kimoktoak’s body Friday not far from where the boat and much of the debris drifted ashore. Ipsen says a state trooper searched the coastline for Slwooko in a helicopter over the weekend.
“Yesterday, there were about nine boats, aluminum skiffs that were out searching the shoreline,” said Ipsen. But she said that Troopers have since suspended their efforts in the search pending new leads.
The bodies of both dogs drifted ashore in the same area.
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- Greg Salard, formerly of Wrangell, was ordered to spend the next 20 years in prison and pay a $25,000 fine.
- “Part of this funding is set aside to address the needs that the president saw firsthand when he visited coastal communities in Alaska that are seeing their homelands eroding into the ocean at a rapid pace," said Deputy Interior Secretary Mike Connor.
- Gastineau Humane Society called the dog aggressive and not a viable candidate for adoption. The Juneau couple wishes they’d been notified before the dog was put down.
- Dan Henry, also operator of the Skagway Fish Co., said he would make a decision about his future with the Skagway Borough Assembly after he returns home.