Remains of a child found Sunday in Kotlik are believed to be that of a boy who went missing there last year, according to Alaska State Troopers.
Troopers spokesperson, Megan Peters says just before midnight Sunday, Troopers from Emmonak were notified that human remains were found in a large hole in Kotlik that is always filled with water.
“Right now it appears that the remains that were found are that of a small boy named Terrell Hunt who went missing last May. Unfortunately hey were not able to find him and after search efforts went on. That is a tentative ID at this point but with everything that we know about this case, it appears that it is Terrell Hunt,” said Peters.
On May 20th of last year the boy was reported missing in the village. An organized search was conducted for two weeks with no results. Local residents continued to search until the river became frozen this winter.
Troopers responded to the scene Monday, where their investigation revealed that the remains were consistent with that of the missing child, including clothing the child was wearing. The water is being drained from the large hole using pumps, to recover additional clothing.
The remains were sent to Anchorage to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy and positive identification. Troopers have notified the boy’s family.