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Troopers say missing snowmobiler found dead

- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 19, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Alaska State Troopers say a missing snowmobiler has been found dead during a search between Bethel and Atmautluak (Aht-MOUTH'-luck).

Troopers say a search was launched Tuesday for 65-year-old Wassilli Berlin of Nunapitchuk (noo-nah-PIT'-chuck). Berlin's body was found Tuesday afternoon during the search.

Troopers say no foul play is suspected. An autopsy will be conducted at the state medical examiner's office.

Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters says Berlin was last seen Thursday and reported missing locally Saturday.

Berlin's snowmobile was found Sunday evening on a trail about five miles from Atmautluak. According to Peters, Berlin apparently ran out of gas.

Peters says locals called around Monday to see if Berlin could be found somewhere else. He was reported missing to troopers Monday evening.

His body was found between the snowmobile and Atmautluak.

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