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Missing 20-year-old found dead in Kuskokwim River near Bethel

  • Author: Lisa Demer
  • Updated: September 1, 2017
  • Published August 31, 2017

BETHEL – Bethel police say they are investigating the death of a young man from Kipnuk found Tuesday night in the Kuskokwim River.

Norman Paul’s body was found Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, in the Kuskokwim River. (Courtesy of Bethel Police Department)

Police on Thursday said family members identified the man as Norman Paul, 20. His body is being sent to the state medical examiner in Anchorage for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Police officers who had received a report of a man in the river went to a spot known as Crowley beach just after 11 p.m. Tuesday. They pronounced the man dead at the scene, police said in a written statement.

Paul was reported missing by family members who said he was last seen in Bethel near the small boat harbor on Aug. 10. Family members at first thought he might have headed to Kipnuk but he wasn't there either. Police put out an alert for him on Monday.

Police ask anyone with information on his death or his last days to call Cpl. Eric Pavil at 907-543-3781.