Body Of Missing Hunter Found


Jairus Nelson from Facebook


A 24-year-old man who was hunting out of the village of Koliganek (northeast of Dillingham) was found dead. 

More from Alaska Native News:

Troopers in Dillingham were notified of an overdue hunter at 7:53 pm on Wednesday. The village reported that 24-year-old Jairus Nelson had departed the village to go hunting earlier in the day and had not returned as expected.

A hasty team was assembled and set out to search for Nelson, and at 9:29 pm, it was reported that Nelson had been located by searchers, deceased, approximately two miles from the village.

While AST reports that no foul play was suspected in Nelson’s death, no details as to the cause of death were divulged to the public.

Here’s the Alaska State Troopers dispatch:

On 1/10/18 at about 1953 hours, AST in Dillingham received a report of an overdue hunter in the village of Koliganek.  Investigation revealed, 24 year old Jairus Nelson, departed the village on foot to go hunting earlier in the day and has not returned.  A hasty team was sent to look for Jairus.  Jairus was located at approximately 2129 hours about two miles from village deceased.  The investigation continues.  No foul play is suspected.  The SME requested Jairus’ body be transported to Anchorage for autopsy.  Next of Kin have been notified.