Missing Bethel Teen Found Dead

A 15-year-old boy was found dead beside a snow machine in Pinky’s Park in Bethel.  Police have not released the boy’s name yet, but say his parents had reported him missing and search and rescue volunteers, Alaska State Troopers, and police had all been looking for him.

Police say the boy’s body was found Tuesday at about 1 p.m. They do not know the cause of death yet, but say no foul play is suspected at this time.

There were signs of hypothermia.  The snow machine was located on the tundra in the brush, and was not damaged.

They do not yet know if alcohol or drugs were involved.

The boy’s remains will be transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Anchorage for further investigation.

This is the third death this month that Bethel police are investigating. Two women were found dead in hotels in separate incidents, on Dec. 11 and Dec. 21.

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