- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A Napaskiak (nah-PAS’-kee-ak) man was found dead Wednesday night in the Oscarville Slough and Alaska State Troopers say he may have drowned.

Troopers say the body of 54-year-old Nikita Petluska has been recovered and sent to the state medical examiner to determine cause of death.

Petluska had been checking fishing nets and was reported overdue.

KTUU-TV (https://bit.ly/1rSUVbS) reports troopers in Bethel received word just before 11 p.m. Wednesday that Petluska’s skiff had been found near the slough on the Kuskokwim River.

As troopers investigated, the body was found.

Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters says the skiff may have run aground on a sandbar before it was lifted off by the tide.

Napaskiak is seven miles southeast of Bethel.


Information from: KTUU-TV, https://www.ktuu.com

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