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Stories from the KUCB Newsroom on the topic of crime. You can find the Unalaska Department of Public Safety Police Blotter here: http://archive.kucb.org/community/blotter/

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Police say the man whose body was found Monday in a creek near Captains Bay probably fell to his death.

Unalaska Director of Public Safety Michael Holman said 45-year-old Gregg Kortesma was pronounced dead at the scene after a pair of local hikers discovered his body in Ruth Rock Creek.

"The body was located at the bottom of a steep cliff and there's substantial blunt force trauma to the head, all of which is consistent with a fall down that cliff into the rocky creek bottom," said Holman.

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Police are investigating after a dead body was discovered Monday in Unalaska's Ruth Rock Creek at the end of Captains Bay.

The Department of Public Safety has identified the man as 45-year-old Gregg T. Kortesma, who was found with "significant head injuries" by a pair of local hikers.

Police say Kortesma worked sporadically in Unalaska over the last 20 years, most recently on the fishing vessel Alaska Trojan.

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An Unalaska man is accused of burglarizing a boat in Captains Bay — the same boat that burned in a mysterious fire last month.

Geoffrey Edwards, 41, faces three felonies and a misdemeanor charge after allegedly stealing more than $3,000 worth of items from the M/V Rebecca.

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Unalaska's Department of Public Safety (DPS) is still investigating a fire that burned a boat to its waterline in Captains Bay last weekend.

According to DPS press release, a concerned citizen told officers on Aug. 20 that the M/V Rebecca was burning at the head of Captains Bay while tied to another boat, the vessel Grave Robber.


A vessel caught fire in Unalaska waters last weekend.

The incident is still under investigation, but City Manager Dave Martinson said efforts are already underway to address the damaged boat.

"On Saturday, the vessel Rebecca was found burning at the end of Captains Bay," he said. "There was a potential hazard, so the Department of Public Safety has worked with Resolve Marine Group and the U.S. Coast Guard. We're going to execute a $30,000 contract to remove it."