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By Dan Rudy 

Jury rules presumption of death for missing Wrangellite


A Wrangell jury unanimously reached a presumptive death verdict in the matter of missing resident Brandon Peterson.

Peterson, 38, had last been seen on or about Dec. 13, 2015, at his Thoms Place cabin. A welfare check had been requested of Wrangell Volunteer Fire Department. Fire service volunteers met with him that evening, and determined him to be intoxicated but otherwise fine.

Another check was requested by relatives on Dec. 17, but Peterson was nowhere to be found. A more extensive search effort followed, at points using all-terrain vehicles, a tracking dog and boats. Foul weather hamp...

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