Missing person case closed after body found in Anchorage mudflats identified

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Two cases covered by Anchorage police have been closed Thursday, after the body involved in a death investigation was identified as a young man who went missing back in January of 2018.

According to a news release issued by APD, Robert Dushkin III was positively identified by experts after a cyclist found his body on the mudflats near Carr-Gottstein Park on Discovery Bay Drive.

Dushkin was reported missing from his Sand Lake home back in January. KTUU reported at that time that his family last saw him on January 7 at another home on Lucille Lane. After visiting friends there, he left that house on foot, and was never seen or heard from again.

Dushkin was in Anchorage for several months living with a court-ordered third party custodian, his family told KTUU. A search in an online court database shows he was facing charges of assault, unlawful contact, and tampering with evidence.

Now, over six months later, his family has some closure. But the question of how he went missing, and why, wasn't immediately answered by authorities in the release.

At the time of his disappearance, Dushkin's sister told KTUU, "It just doesn't make sense that he would be missing.” She also said Dushkin suffered from schizophrenia, leading police to say there was concern for his wellbeing after he was reported missing.

APD stated Thursday that, at this time, detectives "do not believe it is suspicious," meaning that they do not suspect foul play was involved in either Dushkin's disappearance or his death.

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