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By Ben Muir 

Petersburg man, 24, drowns near resort on Mitkof Highway

BREAKING NEWS: Posted Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2017


September 7, 2017

The body of 24-year-old Jase Payne was found late Monday near a dock at Rocky Point Resort in Petersburg, Alaska ending what had been a four-hour search by family members, state troopers and local police.

Alaska Wildlife Troopers were notified at 6:52 p.m. on Monday that Payne was missing, last seen on the dock of Rocky Point Resort about 10 miles south of town.

“Family members had been conducting hasty searches of the nearby Wrangell Narrows with no results,” wrote a press release. “[A] Petersburg Alaska Wildlife Trooper and Petersburg Police Department searched the area and contacted known associates with no results.”

Four hours later, at 11:00 p.m., troopers were notified that Payne’s body was found near the resort’s dock. There is no foul play suspected at this time and Payne’s family has been notified.

Payne’s body will be sent to the Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy.


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