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Troopers Recover Body of Missing Cordova Man

Published On: Dec 24 2013 06:43:43 AM AKST   Updated On: Oct 10 2013 10:05:49 AM AKDT
Coast Guard H-60 Helicopter

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After a four-day search, Alaska State Troopers and a volunteer Cordova diver on Wednesday recovered the body of a man who went missing Oct. 5.

34-year-old Erman "Tony" Fonzi and 28-year-old Matthew Ward, both of Cordova, were staying in a cabin on Hawkins Island near Deep Bay when the two men decided to go fishing that evening, according to troopers.

The 5-foot boat they took capsized.

Ward managed to swim 50 yards to shore, but he looked back to see Fonzi go under the water about 40 yards from shore, according to troopers.

Alaska Wildlife Troopers Patrol Vessel Churchill and a Coast Guard H-60 helicopter searched the area for several hours that night and the next day, but the search was suspended.

The assistance of a volunteer diver "was crucial to the investigation and bringing closure to the family," troopers wrote.