Body Recovered Believed to be Akiak Woman

Troopers say the body thought to be an Akiak woman who died last year when a 4-wheeler went into an open hole on the Kuskokwim River near Kwethluk has been recovered.

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On Sunday remains believed to be Sally Stone were found near the crash site. Her body is being sent to the state medical examiner’s office for an autopsy.

Twenty-seven-year-old Stone of Akiak was traveling with 51-year-old Ralph Demantle and 26-year-old George Evan in December from Bethel through a snowstorm. The vehicle went into an open lead in the ice. Troopers say alcohol was a factor in the deaths.

Demantle’s body was recovered in December, and searchers found Evan in January.

Ben Matheson is a contributor with the Alaska Public Radio Network.

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