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Man found dead on road in Unalaska

October 20th, 2017 | Jim Paulin Print this article   Email this article  

An Oregon man who was found lying face down in a road in Unalaska Sunday morning was pronounced dead at the nearby Iliuiliuk Family and Health Services clinic, according to the Unalaska Department of Public Safety.

The body of Mitchell B. Bovard, 32, of Albany, Ore., was sent to the state medical examiner in Anchorage for an autopsy, according to Public Safety Director Michael Holman. Bovard was found lying on the side of Airport Beach Road at 7:30 a.m., after police were notified by a concerned person driving by, across the street from NAPA Auto Parts.

The road was closed temporarily, as police looked for any evidence at the scene. In text messages, the closure was announced at 7:47 a.m., followed by re-opening at 8:50 a.m., backing up traffic on the town's main road, linking Unalaska Island to Amaknak Island and Dutch Harbor.

Holman said he didn't know if Bovard was employed locally, or looking for a job. He'd worked in Unalaska about five years ago, for the Unisea seafood processing company, he said. Police are seeking information from anyone who was in the area near where the man was found, and can be reached at 907-581-1233.

Police are trying to reconstruct his timeline, and establish a cause of death, Holman said.

Bovard's family has been notified, and the investigation is continuing, Holman said. Autopsies can take several weeks and police are still waiting for the results from a person whose body was found in the water last month, he said.

On Sept. 17, divers recovered the body of Tyrone Matthew Towarak, 27, of Unalakleet, underneath the Unisea G-2 dock. He was reported missing from his job on the fishing vessel Patricia Lee the day before by his employer.

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