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Authorities in Alaska say a man with Lehigh Valley ties who went missing during a hunting trip last week has been found dead.

Searchers with the National Guard found the body of 33-year-old Neil Durco at the bottom of a steep chute in the Cordova area on Sunday.

Durco was a 2004 graduate of Easton Area High School.

Alaska state troopers say Durco was reported missing Tuesday after not returning home as expected. Troopers say he went hunting alone.

Friends posting messages of condolence on social media described him as a "wonderful human" with an adventurous spirit. 

A GoFund Me Memorial Fund in his honor has raised more than $20,000.

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