Police ID Body Found in Near Island Channel

Jay Barrett/KMXT

The body of a 64-year-old Kodiak man was found just outside the mouth of Saint Herman Harbor late this (Friday) morning. Kodiak Police Chief T.C. Kamai said the body didn’t appear to have been in the water very long.

"At about 10:53 this morning we received a 911 call reporting that a body was observed floating in the channel. It was subsequently recovered by harbormasters who responded to the area with a skiff and brought to shore where they were met by EMTs from Kodiak Fire department and they pronounced the subject deceased," Kamai said. "We’ve subsequently identified him as 64-year-old Donald Werbe of Kodiak. We’ve been able to establish he was in St. Herman Harbor on the floats earlier in the day."

Kamai says there was no obvious sign of trauma but that Werbe’s body will be sent to the medical examiner’s office in Anchorage for autopsy to pin down the cause of death. The chief says the police would like to talk with anyone who may have seen Werbe in the harbor this morning.

Next of kin have been notified.

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