April 9, 2004
On March 29th, the United States Coast Guard and Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad were unsuccessful in locating Clark after he had been observed clinging to his overturned skiff in inclement weather near Rosa Reef north of Ketchikan. Harrison had been hired by the family of Clark to try to locate and recover the body.
According to Harrison, the body appeared to be attached to the boat. Harrison and his crew decided to attach a line to the skiff and raise it to the surface. Alaska Bureau of Wildlife Enforcement (ABWE) troopers from Ketchikan motored to the scene in the P/V Protection to take possession of the body once it has been recovered.
Thursday evening at 11:43 pm, Clark's body was recovered by the dive team, with the assistance of the Alaska Bureau of Wildlife Enforcement troopers on the P/V Protection.
According to information released by the Alaska State Troopers, it appeared that Clark had tied a rope around his torso and secured it to a cleat on the boat. When recovered, Clark was still wearing his glasses and a float coat. The Alaska State Troopers reported there were no obvious signs of injury and no foul play is suspected. Clark's body was released to his family.