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By Dan Rudy 

Man found dead in Wrangell boat

 


A body was discovered and reported to the Wrangell Police Department around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Lester Daniels Ortua, 34, was found dead on the fishing vessel Pacifica, moored in Reliance Harbor. The probable cause of death was reported to be from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, likely occurring Monday evening.

From Huntington Beach, Calif., Ortua had been working as a deckhand on the Pacifica. Police Chief Doug McCloskey reported that Ortua's next-of-kin has been contacted. His body has been sent on to the state medical examiner in Anchorage for further examination.

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