Medical examiner confirms body as missing hunter

Sep 18, 2013 -- 10:45am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A body found Sept. 11 along the Susitna River has been identified as a missing Wasilla man. 51-year-old Bartlett Barnes disappeared just less than a year ago on Sept. 24, 2012. Hunters stranded by high water at Butte Creek near Mile 80 Denali Highway reported seeing a man trying to cross the creek on an all-terrain vehicle. The man, later identified as Barnes, was swept downstream. Two State Trooper helicopters searched for Barnes but could not find him along the creek or the nearby Susitna River. He was presumed to be drowned. Moose hunters discovered the highly decomposed body on the Susitna River a half-mile upstream of Tyone Creek. The body was taken to Anchorage and the state medical examiner.

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