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Seward Harbor Search Continues for Dead Man's Companion

Published On: Jan 20 2014 01:24:31 PM AKST   Updated On: Jan 20 2014 11:16:00 PM AKST

Seward police say the companion of a 51-year-old Anchorage man found dead in the Seward Small Boat Harbor on Sunday has not been found.

Crews of divers on Monday continued attempts to locate what could be a second body.

Seward Police Chief Tom Clemons said authorities are considering their options Tuesday after two days of fruitless searches.

Patrick Richard's body was recovered Sunday morning, prompting.

"We had several hours of dive time," Clemons said. "We had a cadaver dog that could be used with water, and we came up with no results."

According to a Monday statement from Clemons, divers were alerted at about 10:20 a.m. Sunday that a man’s body was floating in the harbor. Police are continuing to search for the companion, who has not been identified pending notification of next-of-kin.

“Richard was found completely submerged in the water near the boat that he was staying on (for) the night while visiting Seward,” Clemons wrote.

Richard and his companion were visiting Seward. They were reported overdue for a charter bus back to Anchorage that left at 9 a.m. Sunday. A friend who visited the boat found Richard's body and alerted police.

Clemons said Monday that the subsequent search operation is not considered a recovery mission because it is not clear what happened to the companion.

Both cases remain under investigation by SPD, and Clemons said it is not clear whether foul play, drugs or alcohol were factors in Richard’s death.

Channel 2’s Austin Baird contributed to this story.

Editor's Note: A previous version of this story said that Richard was found dead Sunday. Family members and police report he was found Sunday.