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Volunteers find body of crab fisherman missing near Whittier

  • Author: Nathaniel Herz
  • Updated: April 4, 2018
  • Published April 4, 2018

Karl Stoltze and his 16 foot skiff in Whittier. Stoltze’s body was found Tuesday by volunteers. (Photo by Hai Han Ye)

Volunteers in the Prince William Sound town of Whittier found the body of a missing Anchorage boater Tuesday, according to the man's family.

Karl Stoltze was found tangled in lines attached to crab pots, a sister-in-law, Gretchen Wehmhoff, said in an email late Tuesday.

Stoltze, who was 53, set out Saturday morning in a 16-foot skiff to harvest crab in Prince William Sound, his family said. Amid blustery weather, he never returned, sparking an intense two-day search by the Coast Guard that turned up debris but no boat, nor Stoltze himself.

Wehmhoff said Stoltze's family was informed Tuesday afternoon by Whittier police that Stoltze's body had been found.

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