ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Update: Oct. 2, 3:05 p.m.:
The body of David William King, 53, of Sutton, was discovered on a beach about 3/4 of a mile south of the helicopter crash Monday morning according to Alaska State Troopers.
His is being sent to the State Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy. His family has been notified.
Original story: Sept. 30
The United States Coast Guard is suspending its search for three people missing after a helicopter crashed near Lituya Bay Friday evening.
The Coast Guard announced that the search was suspended around 12:30 p.m. Sunday after more than 36 hours had passed since the crash.
The Coast Guard, the Alaska Air National Guard, Southeast Alaska Dogs for Ground Search and Civil Air Patrol searched a total of 788 square miles.
"After maximizing search efforts with air, surface and shoreside assets we suspended the search today," said Capt. Darran J. McLenon, chief of response for the 17th Coast Guard District. "One survivor is with his family and continues to be evaluated at a hospital in Anchorage. The Coast Guard prays for his full recovery and grieves with the family and friends of the crash victims."
The three people missing are 42-year-old Josh Pepperd, 11-year-old Andrew Pepperd and 53-year-old David King. The elder Pepperd is the owner and president of Davis Constructors, a large construction firm that has operated in Alaska for over 40 years.
14-year-old Aiden Pepperd was found by a Coast Guard crew alive and reportedly suffering from hypothermia.
Despite the search being suspended, recovery efforts for the helicopter wreckage and the investigation into what happened is continuing. Clint Johnson, a spokesperson for National Transportation Safety Board, said that investigators had arrived on site to inspect the wreckage.
Johnson said that large parts of the fuselage had been found that would be investigated by officials. The helicopter would also likely be moved Monday morning to Juneau so investigators would be less encumbered as they try to determine what happened.
There are some difficulties for investigators as they work Sunday, the helicopter wreckage is located in shallow water meaning NTSB officials need to battle surf and tidal surges as they complete their investigation.
Johnson said the NTSB team would need to locate and recover the helicopter's data recorders and send them to a team in Washington D.C. He said it was far to early to say what had led to the crash.