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Body found last week identified


May 17, 2016
Tuesday PM

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - The Ketchikan Police Department announced today that preliminary information received from the State of Alaska Medical Examiner's Officer has identified the human remains found last Tuesday, May 10th, under one of the fish processing plants at 1775 Tongass Avenue.

According to a news release, Deputy Police Chief Josh Dossett said the remains have been positively identified as Thomas Booth, age 35, through dental records. Booth was reported missing in January 2016 after leaving his home to go to Safeway. The last time the police can confirm that Booth was seen was the afternoon of January 2nd at Western Union where he picked up a money order.

There was no obvious signs of trauma to the body according to the information released by the Ketchikan Police Department. The Medical Examiner is still waiting for Booth's toxicology reports, which could take up to six weeks, before issuing their final report.

With the discovery of Booth's body, two of Ketchikan's four missing persons have been found. Earlier the remains of a hiker missing since November 2015 was found on Deer Mountain. The remains of 22-year-old Justin Nathan was found on April 24, 2016. An extensive five-day search for Nathan was called off in November.

Open missing person cases are still open for Gary Hamilton and Roy Banhart. Hamilton, 69, was reported missing on November of 2015. Roy Banhart, 38 years-of-age at the time of his disappearance, was reported missing in December of 2014 and last seen leaving the 49er Bar.


Edited by Mary Kauffman, SitNews


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Ketchikan Police Department


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