Hunter finds two bodies between Nome and Teller

An aerial view of Nome and the surrounding countryside, March 2017. (Photo by Margaret DeMaioribus, KNOM – Nome)

Two bodies have been found between Nome and Teller, southwest of the Sinuk River bridge. Alaska State Trooper spokeswoman, Megan Peters, says the two bodies found over the weekend by a local hunter have not been identified.

AST received a report in late February that David Miller and Rex Iyatunguk of Teller were overdue during their snowmachine ride to Nome.

Once the State Medical Examiner conducts an autopsy and confirms positive ID, Peters says then Troopers will be able to say whether or not the two bodies belong to Miller and Iyatunguk.

In a separate missing person case, search efforts are currently ongoing in the community of Chevak. On March 31, Alaska State Troopers were notified that 35-year-old Sara Nicholas was missing.

Nicholas’ family reported to the local Village Police Officer that they last saw her on March 18th. Troopers say the last time Nicholas was seen by anyone was at the Chevak clinic on the 18th at 4:15pm.

If you have information about Sara Nicholas’ whereabouts, contact AST at 907-543-2294 or your nearest law enforcement office.

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Davis Hovey is a news reporter at KNOM - Nome. Hovey was born and raised in Virginia. He spent most of his childhood in Greene County 20 minutes outside of Charlottesville where University of Virginia is located. Hovis was drawn in by the opportunity to work for a radio station in a remote, unique place like Nome Alaska. Hovis went to Syracuse University, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Broadcast Digital Journalism.

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