Alaska State Troopers spokesperson Beth Ipsen says a St. Mary’s trooper on patrol found 33-year-old Paul Tinker’s body about a mile and a half downriver from Marshall.
Tinker was last seen on the evening of Aug. 19 headed upriver in a 21-foot Catalina skiff with an unknown destination. Troopers in St. Mary’s were informed of his disappearance the next day.
An official search for Tinker extended from Aug. 21 through Aug. 25, involving up to 19 boats as well as specialized sonar systems and dragging gear before it was suspended.
Volunteers continued to look for Tinker after the official search was suspended, with a Marshall tribal administrator saying it was important to seek closure.
Tinker’s body is being sent to the state medical examiner’s office in Anchorage. His next of kin have been notified.