Volunteers and officials with the Tanana Chiefs Conference pulled the body of a man missing since Thursday. from the waters of the Chena River late Tuesday night.
The discovery, announced in a statement late Tuesday from the Tanana Chiefs Conference, marks a sad end to the search for 35-year-old Andrew John. He was last seen near the Wendell Street Bridge on Aug. 7.
“John’s body was found late in the evening on August 12th, near the south bank of the Chena River near the Carlson Center,” TCC officials wrote. “Tanana Chiefs Conference, Fairbanks Native Association and Doyon, Limited would like to thank the many volunteers and community members who offered help and donations during the search efforts.”
Sgt. Jody Potts, the coordinator of the search for John, also offered volunteers her thanks for their hard work.
“I would like to share our sincere gratitude for all the volunteers who worked countless hours during the search efforts,” Potts said in the statement. “We couldn’t have performed such a thorough and professional search without the community volunteers who offered their time and personal boats to help. Our VPSOs did a fantastic job in aiding in the efforts as well. We hope this brings the much needed closure for the family, and we will stand with them.”
The TCC had said 11 boats were searching the river from the Wendell Street Bridge toward the opening of the Noyes Slough on the north bank of the river.
TCC has set up an account at Key Bank, Account #20219000393, for donations.
A fundraiser will be held at the Chief David Salmon Tribal Hall, Friday August 15th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Lunches will be available for a suggested donation of $10.00.
Channel 2's Chris Klint contributed information to this story.