After Closing Kelch Investigation, USCG Conducts 'Legal Review' Of Findings

Jul 1, 2019

Credit United States Coast Guard

The U.S. Coast Guard has completed its investigation into the January death of a crew member of the Cutter Douglas Munro.

Seaman Ethan Kelch, 19, died in Unalaska while the vessel was in port for repairs. The Virginia man went missing while off-duty and was found unresponsive on "the west side of Amaknak Island."

On Monday, Coast Guard officials told KUCB that the agency's investigators have concluded a five-month inquiry into Kelch's death and are now conducting a "legal review, which is projected to take at least a month."

Officials have declined to say whether investigators suspect foul play, but they expect to release their findings after the legal review.