Dead man found in water near downtown

Dead man found in water near downtown

Man identified as 53-year-old Juneau resident

The body of a 53-year-old Juneau man was found in the water near Coast Guard Station Juneau on Sunday afternoon, Juneau Police Department officers said.

In a release Sunday evening, JPD identified him as Ricardo Willard, and stated that next of kin has been notified.

A person walking by the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority property known as the Subport (across the street from the Prospector Hotel) at just after 1 p.m. Sunday spotted a body in the water, JPD officer Nick Garza said on scene. Willard’s body was about 50 feet off shore, JPD Lt. Krag Campbell said, and the Coast Guard helped get the body out of the water.

Garza said there’s nothing suspicious about the death.

“There are no signs of injury, no signs of trauma, nothing to lead us to believe that anyone else was involved in this,” Garza said.

It was unclear how Willard ended up in the water, Garza said. Police weren’t sure if the man had gone in the water nearby or if he had floated to that spot. The death is still under investigation, according to the release.

This article will be updated as more information becomes available.


• Contact reporter Alex McCarthy at 523-2271 or amccarthy@juneauempire.com. Follow him on Twitter at @akmccarthy.


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