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Human remains found near Tuntaltuliak believed to be those of man missing since October


BETHEL, Alaska — Authorities say human remains found in southwest Alaska appear to be those of a man missing since October.

KYUK reports ( Alaska State Troopers believe the remains are those of Nick Cooke. They were found Friday on the bank of the Kuskokwim River, near the village of Tuntaltuliak (toon-tuh-TOO'-lee-ak).

The remains have been sent to the state Medical Examiner's Office for positive identification. But the family confirmed the identity to the Bethel radio station and said they're planning a burial service in Bethel this week.

Foul play isn't suspected in Cooke's death.

Cooke, who was 37, and 46-year-old Jim Lee Napoka of Tuluksak (tuh-LUK'-sak) left Bethel by boat Oct. 22 for a funeral in Tuntaltuliak, but never arrived. Their sunken boat was found about a week later.

Napoka remains missing.

Information from: KYUK-AM,

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