BETHEL, Alaska — Authorities say human remains found in southwest Alaska appear to be those of a man missing since October.
KYUK reports (http://is.gd/CoaGgj) Alaska State Troopers believe the remains are those of Nick Cooke. They were found Friday on the bank of the Kuskokwim River, near the village of Tuntaltuliak (toon-tuh-TOO'-lee-ak).
The remains have been sent to the state Medical Examiner's Office for positive identification. But the family confirmed the identity to the Bethel radio station and said they're planning a burial service in Bethel this week.
Foul play isn't suspected in Cooke's death.
Cooke, who was 37, and 46-year-old Jim Lee Napoka of Tuluksak (tuh-LUK'-sak) left Bethel by boat Oct. 22 for a funeral in Tuntaltuliak, but never arrived. Their sunken boat was found about a week later.
Napoka remains missing.
Information from: KYUK-AM, http://www.kyuk.org