Body of missing Kake man found near Sitkum Creek

Alaska State Troopers are searching for 55-year-old Kake resident David Dalton.
Alaska State Troopers are searching for 55-year-old Kake resident David Dalton.(Alaska's News Source/Google Maps)
Published: Oct. 18, 2021 at 8:35 AM AKDT|Updated: Oct. 19, 2021 at 3:50 AM AKDT
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A 55-year-old Kake man who went missing over the weekend has been found dead, according to Alaska State Troopers.

David Dalton was reported missing around 7:30 p.m. Saturday. He was last seen alive Friday at about 12:30 p.m. wearing black clothing and a backpack.

Troopers say a K-9 team found Dalton’s body just before noon Monday, about 2.5 miles from his truck, where it appears he died after being exposed to the elements, according to troopers.

The truck was originally discovered Saturday near Sitkum Creek, where search teams found several of Dalton’s belongings within 50 yards of the pickup. Dalton’s body is being sent to the state medical examiner in Anchorage for an autopsy.

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter and a search and rescue team was unable to find Dalton or other people in the area Saturday night where a rescue flare was reported, near T-Junction and the landfill.

A search team flew two K-9 teams to Kake on Sunday to continue searching, along with members of Sitka Mountain Rescue. Both rescue groups stayed Sunday night in Kake and continued the search Monday morning, according to troopers.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated with additional information.

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