A Tazlina snowmachiner missing since Monday was found dead near Lake Louise Thursday, according to Alaska State Troopers.
AST spokesperson Megan Peters says 52-year-old Ronald Burr was last seen alive near the town of Lake Louise Sunday evening, with a search for him starting after he didn’t show up for work Monday morning.
“He took off on a snowmachine and didn’t come back, so he was called in missing,” Peters said.
A Friday trooper dispatch says search efforts during the week for Burr included teams of ground searchers as well as aerial searches of the area, but weren’t successful. A Lake Louise snowmachiner found Burr’s body near Larson Bay, on the west side of the lake.
“It looked like he had a high-speed wreck, and it looked like he struck a couple of trees,” Peters said. “Based on his injuries, it looks like he died on impact.”
Burr was pronounced dead at the scene, and his body was taken to Cross Road Medical Center pending further arrangements by next of kin. The state medical examiner’s office was notified, and has released the body to his family.
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