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Remains Found Near Brevig Believed To Be Missing Clarence Olanna

The search for Olanna explored Grantley Harbor (right) and Port Clarence (left). The community of Teller is in the foreground, with Brevig Mission faintly visible across the water. Photo: KNOM File.

The search for Olanna explored Grantley Harbor (right) and Port Clarence (left). The community of Teller is in the foreground, with Brevig Mission faintly visible across the water. Photo: KNOM File.

Search and Rescue efforts for a young man in Brevig Mission have ended.

“Last night Troopers in Nome were notified that a body–the human remains–were found about three miles west of Brevig Mission—it’s an area called Point Jackson. And the remains are believed to be Clarence Olanna,” said Elizabeth Ipsen, a public information officer with the Alaska State Troopers.

Olanna was reported missing by the VPSO office in Brevig Mission on July 15th. Clothes similar to the ones he was last seen wearing were discovered shortly afterwards by the shore.

Following Olanna’s disappearance, search and rescue crews from Brevig Mission were assisted by volunteers from several different communities, coming from as far as Shishmaref to help out. Those volunteers continued working after State Troopers suspended their search on July 21st.

“A trooper is going to fly today to pick up his body, and bring it back to Nome where it’s going to be flown to the State Medical Examiner’s office in Anchorage for an autopsy,” Ipsen said.

Though the investigation is open, the Troopers report there are no “obvious signs of foul play.”

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