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Body of missing Chalkyitsik hunter found

September 27, 2011

By Sam Friedman, Fairbanks Daily News

FAIRBANKS — Friends and family of Steven Flitt have recovered his body after 11 days of searching on the Salmon Fork of the Black River.

Flitt, 36, had been missing since Sept. 17 when he was thrown into the river after his boat hit a log during a hunting trip.

The search party recovered his body Tuesday morning and returned it to his home in the village of Chalkyitsik, 50 miles east of Fort Yukon, said Stephanie Herbert, who helped organize a search party of 40 to 60 people and many boats. A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. today in Chalkyitsik.

Friends and family are planning a burial in Fort Yukon. The date for that ceremony has not been set.

Flitt was hunting with his girlfriend and another hunting partner about 12 hours upriver from Chalkyitsik when his boat hit the log. His hunting partners were found after the accident and were unharmed.

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