Kodiak police respond to two deaths on separate fishing vessels

The bodies of two men were found on separate fishing boats in Kodiak on Friday.

Police Chief T.C. Kamai says neither body showed signs of trauma, leading some to speculate the deaths may be drug related. But he says authorities will wait until toxicology screens are complete to determine the exact causes of death.

The first man was identified as 44-year-old David Babarovich. He was found unresponsive at about 2:20 a.m. Friday on a vessel moored in St. Herman Harbor. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

Twelve hours later police responded to a vessel moored in St. Paul Harbor and found the body of 41-year-old Thaddeus Zdobylak.

Kamai says both bodies have been sent to the state Medical Examiner’s office for autopsies. A preliminary cause of death could be released in a couple days. But a full toxicology report is expected to take at least a couple weeks.

Kamai says there’s nothing to indicate the deaths are related and police are handling them as separate investigations.

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