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Troopers: Colorado man missing days after being ejected from ‘out of control boat’ on Kenai River

A Colorado man is missing after being ejected from an "out of control boat" on the Kenai River Friday, the Alaska State Troopers said.

Troopers received a report at 9:07 p.m. Friday that four people were thrown from a boat that had apparently malfunctioned on the river near Centennial Park in Soldotna, troopers wrote in an online dispatch Sunday.

It's not clear whether the boat collided with something or how the people were ejected. No one in the boat was wearing a life jacket, according to troopers.

Three of the people in the boat made it to shore but a fourth, identified as Philip Keltner, 63, of Colorado, was "last seen floating down river and had reportedly gone under water."

Alaska State Troopers, Alaska State Parks rangers, Soldotna police and Central Emergency Services searched the area by boat and on foot, checking the shoreline, troopers said.

"All search units were unable to locate Keltner and the search was suspended," the dispatch said.

Personnel from Alaska State Parks continue to search the area, the dispatch said.


Troopers are investigating why the boat malfunctioned.

This is a developing story. Check back for details.

Michelle Theriault Boots

Michelle Theriault Boots is a longtime reporter for the Anchorage Daily News. She focuses on in-depth stories about the intersection of public policy and Alaskans' lives. Before joining the ADN in 2012, she worked at daily newspapers up and down the West Coast and earned a master's degree from the University of Oregon.