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Body found on Adak Island with ID of long-missing man

Tegan Hanlon

Alaska State Troopers believe the body of a man who has been missing since 2008 was found last week on Adak Island in the Aleutians.

Two employees with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service found the body in a ravine on June 18, more than one mile west of Lake Betty and about 15 miles southwest of Adak. Near the body they found a wallet with identification for 61-year-old Samuel Arrington, said Beth Ipsen, troopers spokeswoman.

Arrington was last seen about six years ago on July 15, 2008, in Adak, according to a Missing Persons Bulletin released by troopers that year. The bulletin said Arrington had arrived in Adak only five days before. He had purchased a one-way ticket to the community on an Alaska Airlines flight.

Once in Adak, Arrington bought camping equipment and supplies. He was seen at the trail head to Lake Betty. An abandoned campsite on the south side of the lake was later found, the bulletin said.

Troopers do not suspect foul play in Arrington's death, though the investigation is ongoing, Ipsen said.

 


By Tegan Hanlon
thanlon@adn.com