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Troopers investigate death of former Alaska Wildlife Trooper Alex Arduser

Laura Kraegel
Alex Arduser, photographed in Unalaska in 2018.

Updated 4/28/2023

Alaska State Troopers are investigating the death of retired Wildlife Trooper Alex Arduser, who spent several years living and working in Unalaska.

Troopers say a pilot dropped off Arduser, 44, near Cordova for a remote bird hunting trip, and the two agreed to meet Tuesday on a sandbar on Egg Island. But Arduser didn’t show up at the appointed pickup time.

Tim DeSpain, a spokesperson for the Troopers, said the pilot spotted Arduser’s body a short time later, about two and a half miles from the sandbar, partially submerged.

Troopers have recovered Arduser’s body and sent it to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy, to learn more about the time of his death and whether injuries were involved.

No foul play is suspected, said DeSpain. He said he didn’t know exactly when Arduser was dropped off for the solo hunting trip, but Arduser was reported to have spent one night on Egg Island.

“Alex served more than 20 years with the Department of Public Safety as an Alaska Wildlife Trooper,” said DeSpain in an email. “He was a good friend to many across the department and he will be missed.”

Originally from Anchorage, Arduser was living in Cordova with his family.

He retired from the Troopers last August, after serving in Aniak, Cordova, Soldotna, and Unalaska, and taking part in commercial and sport fishing enforcement in Bristol Bay.

Arduser moved to Unalaska in 2018 and spent more than four years on the island. In an interview with KUCB, he said he took Unalaska's Wildlife Trooper job in search of a “new adventure” with his wife, Kate, and their two children.

Laura Kraegel reported for KUCB from 2016 until 2020. She was KUCB's news director starting in 2019. We are proud to have her back in the spring of 2023 filling in as an interim reporter for KUCB.
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