Missing man

Christopher Hight was last seen on Tuesday near 44 mile Chena Hot Springs Road. Courtesy Alaska State Troopers

Updated 5:45 p.m.

The search for two Fairbanks men who went missing while boating on the East Fork of the Chena River ended Thursday after one man was found alive and the other man’s body was recovered.

Christopher Hight, 64, and James Fillion, 60, went for a boat trip Tuesday morning and launched at the North Fork of the Chena River at 44 mile Chena Hot Springs. Troopers were notified Wednesday morning after the men did not return.

The vehicle that Hight and Fillion were driving was found parked at the boat launch, and their boat was discovered pinned in a log jam five miles up the East Fork of the Chena River.

Fillion was found alive on a gravel bar just downstream of the pinned boat and rescued by an Alaska State Trooper helicopter, according to a news release on the trooper website.

Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Wilderness Search and Rescue, State Parks personnel and two PAWS Search and Rescue dogs also responded and began searching the river and surrounding area. Hight’s body was located at 2:20 p.m. Thursday.

Troopers issued a public safety alert at 9:20 a.m. Thursday asking the public to avoid boat traffic up river from Granite Tors near 39 mile Chena Hot Springs Road due to search and rescue activity.

Contact staff writer Dorothy Chomicz at 459-7582. Follow her at twitter.com/FDNMcrime.

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Updated 5:10 p.m.

The body of missing Fairbanks boater Christopher Hight was found by search and rescue personnel at 2:20 p.m. today. His next of kin have been notified, according to a news release on the trooper website.

Hight’s boating companion, James Fillion, 60, of Fairbanks, was found alive on a gravel bar just downstream of the pinned boat and rescued by an Alaska State Trooper helicopter.

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Alaska State Troopers are actively searching for a 64-year-old man who went missing while boating on the East Fork of the Chena River.

Christopher Hight was last seen on Tuesday near 44 mile Chena Hot Springs Road. Hight’s boat was later found pinned in a log jam about five miles up the river, according to a missing person report issued by troopers today.

Hight was last seen wearing a ball cap, work shirt and brown shoes. He is 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighs 210 pounds, and has blue eyes and gray hair.

Troopers issued a public safety alert at 9:20 a.m. today asking the public to avoid boat traffic upriver from Granite Tors near 39 mile Chena Hot Springs Road due to an active search and rescue.

Anyone with information about Hight is asked to contact troopers at 907-451-5100.

Contact staff writer Dorothy Chomicz at 459-7582. Follow her at twitter.com/FDNMcrime.