Body of missing Alaska man found following state trooper, police search

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PETERSBURG, Alaska (KTUU) - The body of a man who had been reported missing in Petersburg was found on Tuesday following a search effort by relatives and multiple law agencies.

The Alaska State Troopers say that the body of Jase Payne, 24, was found and recovered near a lodge resort in Petersburg.

Payne was reported missing on Monday by his family after they could not locate him. Family was "conducting hasty searches of the nearby Wrangell Narrows," troopers wrote in a dispatch report.

Alaska Wildlife Troopers out of Petersburg as well as officers with the Petersburg Police Department searched the area and contacted known associates.

Later that night, troopers were notified that Payne's body had been found near the dock of the resort. His body has been sent to the medical examiner's office for an autopsy, however authorities say foul play is not suspected.