Body found near Bethel identified

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by Your Alaska Link News Team

Authorities have identified a body recently found near Bethel as Preston Rory Michaels.

Reports say Bethel police were notified of the identity by the state medical examiner's office.

The body was found late last month on a beach on an island near a fish camp across from the southwest Alaska town, which is located at the mouth of the Kuskokwim River.

Michaels had been missing since December. His disappearance spurred a search on the Kuskokwim River where he was living in a cabin.

A cause of death has not yet been determined.

According to authorities, there were no signs of foul play.