Update: Body of missing man who disappeared near Skwentna recovered

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The body of a man last seen on Friday, May 25 near Bulchitna Lake was recovered from a log jam near Lake Creek Thursday afternoon according to Alaska State Troopers.

At noon Thursday, a team of searchers, including two divers on board AST's Helo 3, the Mazoch family, and Alaska Wildlife Troopers searching by river boat discovered the body of William Mazoch.

Mazoch's body was taken to the AST Mat-Su West Post, where the State Medical Examiner's Office will conduct an autopsy.

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The search is on for a man who disappeared sometime within the past several days in the area of Bulchitna Lake, near Skwentna.

Troopers say that William L. Mazoch, 67, was reported missing on May 28, with his last contact being to one of his neighbors on May 25.

At that time, Mazoch andthe neighbor had talked by phone and planned to meet at Bulchitna Lake. According to the neighbor, Mazoch never arrived, and he called troopers.

AST reported that, following their notification, an AST officer and an Alaska Wildlife Trooper flew to the lake in a helicopter to search for Mazoch. They didn't find him as of this report.

The water level on nearby Lake Creek was reported to be "extremely high and bordering on flood stage."

Now, in addition to authorities, two local fishing guides have volunteered their boats to help the search effort of the lake and river. Those search efforts are expected to continue "pending weather and river conditions," troopers wrote in a report Tuesday.

Troopers said that Mazoch's family has been notified of the search efforts. No trace of him was found in his home or on his property.

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