Search crews find missing Nunapitchuk man deceased

by Ben Matheson on February 19, 2014

Search and rescue crews have found the body of Wassillie Berlin. Searchers found him deceased on the trail between Atmautluak and Bethel. The Nunapitchuk man was reported missing by his brother on Saturday. Crews had found his snowmachine earlier.

Trooper spokesperson Megan Peters says an autopsy hasn’t been done and Berlin will be transported to Anchorage. Next of kin have been notified.

She says the indication is that his snowmachine ran out of gas about 5 miles outside of Atmauthluak. He attempted to walk the rest of the way. He was found between the two communities.

A trooper dispatch says that while the investigation is currently ongoing, there is no foul play suspected.

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