Alaska News

Search team recovers body of Fairbanks man who disappeared while swimming on the Fourth of July

Searchers have recovered the body of a Fairbanks man who disappeared earlier in the week while swimming in a gravel pit lake, Alaska State Troopers said.

Nathan Charlie, 43, went underwater around 8:15 p.m. while swimming with friends and family in the lake near Chena Point Avenue in Fairbanks on the Fourth of July, troopers said in an online statement. He did not reemerge from the water, troopers said.

First responders and search and rescue teams could not find him that night and the search continued into the next day, troopers said. On Friday, a village public safety officer notified troopers that Charlie’s body was found in about 20 feet of water while they conducted sonar scanning and dragging operations in the area, troopers wrote.

The Medical Examiner’s Office has released his body to family, troopers said.