Troopers find body of hiker who went missing in February

    Alaska State Troopers have found the body of a member of the Alaska National Guard who disappeared on a mountain hike in February.

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers have found the body of a member of the Alaska National Guard who disappeared on a mountain hike in February.

    KTVA-TV reports that search teams found the body of Nephi Soper in Tanaina Lake on Sunday after a two-day search involving multiple agencies.

    Soper was last seen Feb. 18 wearing military-issue clothing by a taxi driver at the Flat Top Trailhead.

    He planned to hike north and eventually exit from Arctic Valley Road onto Fort Richardson to attend training.

    After his initial disappearance there was a six-day search that was called off on Feb. 24. Soper's family came to Alaska to conduct their own search at that time.

    Kenneth Soper, Nephi Soper's father, says he will fly to Alaska from Missouri and collect his son's body.

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