Customs agent's body identified

A body found near the village of Eagle has been positively identified as Charles Collins, a U.S. Customs agent who went missing July 13 amid washouts on the Taylor Highway, state troopers said.

Collins, 56, of Eagle River, worked seasonally in Eagle, on the Yukon River. He was driving a white sport utility vehicle registered to Homeland Security. The vehicle was found submerged in O'Brien Creek off the Taylor Highway during heavy flooding. Troopers said the vehicle left the road near Mile 114.

The mostly gravel Taylor runs 160 miles from the Alaska Highway to Eagle in the Interior. Parts of it have been closed for repairs since the July flooding.

Collins' remains were found this month at the mouth of Mission Creek, a quarter mile from the village of Eagle, troopers said.

Anchorage Daily News/