Body found Thursday ID’d as missing man

The state medical examiner is still investigating the cause of death.

The Alaska Medical Examiner identified a body found Thursday as a man missing from Juneau since late October 2021. (Courtesy photo / Juneau Police Department)

A body found in the water on Thursday has been identified as that of a man missing since late October 2021, police announced.

The body of Clifford John K. White, 29, who was reported missing on Oct. 31, 2021, was found in the water near Sunny Drive on March 10, according to police. At the time, authorities were unable to identify the body.

“On Oct. 31 2021 my uncle Mark White made a missing person report to JPD for his son Clifford White, 29, who had hadn’t been seen or heard from since Oct. 12,” said the missing man’s cousin Davina Merchant in a phone interview. “It was completely unlike him.”

The body was sent to the Alaska Medical Examiner’s office, which confirmed the identity, according to police. The office is continuing to investigate, as it determines the cause of death.

“On behalf of the family we would like to thank the community that helped search for my cousin,” Merchant said. “We appreciate the help and support. There were so many that were out looking for him on the daily just like I did.”

White was reported missing after being out of contact for several weeks, the Empire previously reported. His last confirmed location was in Switzer Village.

“It’s extremely hard knowing that he’s gone. It’s been a long five months searching for him,” Merchant said. “I wish this was a bad dream. I wish I could run into him and give him a big hug or see the big smile had.”

Anyone with information about the circumstances of White’s disappearance is asked to contact the Juneau Police Department at (907)586-0600, Campbell said, or to submit an anonymous tip at juneaucrimeline.com.

“I would love to meet whoever found him and personally thank them,” Merchant said.

• Contact reporter Michael S. Lockett at (757) 621-1197 or mlockett@juneauempire.com.

More in News

The Aurora Borealis glows over the Mendenhall Glacier in 2014. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Aurora forecast

Forecasts from the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Geophysical Institute for the week of Nov. 27

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Police calls for Tuesday, Nov. 29

This report contains information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Police calls for Saturday, Nov. 26

This report contains information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

Sugar Bear Alaskan Treasures, seen here, was one of many artist vendors featured at the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska Indigenous Artists & Vendors Holiday Market from noon to 5 p.m. on Friday through Sunday at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)
Indigenous Holiday Market features local artists

Market’s first return since 2018.

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Police calls for Thursday, Nov. 24

This report contains information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

A member of the Juneau Gun Club helps participants with shooting clay targets, one of many events featured at the club’s annual Thanksgiving turkey shoot. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)
Ready, aim, gobble: Juneau Gun Club hosts annual Turkey Shoot

No turkeys were harmed in the making of this article.

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Police calls for Wednesday, Nov. 23

This report contains information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

A cellphone screen displays spam text messages. During busy shopping season, scammers pretending to be other people, businesses or agencies frequently attempt to gain personal information via “spoofed” text messages, emails or phone calls. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
‘Criminals do not take the holidays off’

FBI shares tips to avoid being scammed during busy shopping season.

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Police calls for Saturday, Nov. 19

This report contains information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

Most Read