Authorities: Bears fed on man’s body killed at Alaska mine

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Authorities say three bears fed on the body of a contract employee who was killed this week at a remote southeast Alaska mine site.

Ken Marsh, a spokesman with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, said Wednesday the circumstances surrounding Anthony David Montoya’s death remain unclear. Authorities say no one witnessed what happened to the 18-year-old from Hollis, Oklahoma.

Megan Peters, an Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman, says an autopsy report from the medical examiner’s office was pending.

She says Montoya had left a group to go to a nearby water pump site. When he didn’t return, others went looking for him. They say Montoya and the bears were about 35 yards from them. Peters says the site was reportedly noisy.

The bears were subsequently killed.

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