A Brevig Mission resident found human remains on a beach about a mile south of the village Sunday morning, according to Alaska State Troopers.
According to a Monday AST dispatch, Brevig Mission’s village public safety officer was notified of the discovery at about 11:20 a.m. Sunday.
Troopers responded to retrieve the remains, which were taken to Nome and flown to the state medical examiner’s office for identification.
AST spokesperson Megan Peters said Monday afternoon that the remains were sufficiently decomposed that they will have to be identified through medical records.
Two people have been reported missing in the area in recent years, including Kyle Komok in November 2011 and Kenneth Lee in December 2010. Peters says dental records for both men are being sent to the medical examiner's office for comparison with the remains.