A 10-year-old girl was found dead on Friday, authorities said, more than a week after she was reported missing in a remote Inupiat Eskimo village on the northwest coast of Alaska.
State of Alaska officials said that the remains of Ashley Johnson-Barr were found east of Kotzebue.
Authorities arrested Peter Wilson, 41, of Kotzebue in connection with his disappearance.
FBI spokeswoman Staci Pellessier said Wilson faces charges for making false statements to a federal agent.
The girl was last seen playing with friends at a local park on September 6. Her cell phone was found half a mile from Rainbow Park, in the opposite direction of her home in the 3,100-person community.
The Troopers of the State of Alaska said that the remains of Ashley Johnson-Barr were found east of Kotzebue
The search included assistance from 17 FBI agents earlier this week.
Troopers spokesman Jonathon Taylor says that five of the agents left Kotzebue on Thursday for other assignments.
The agents of the State of Alaska are the lead agency in the case. No other information about the discovery of his body was released immediately.
Kotzebue, 26 miles north of the Arctic Circle and 550 miles northwest of Anchorage, is a regional center for the villages of northwest Alaska.
The city is built on a 3-mile-long spit, and many live a subsistence lifestyle away from the state's limited road system, with 26 miles of local gravel roads used by vehicles in the warmer months and snowmobiles. in winter.
The community has a chronically high unemployment rate, with the school district, the state hospital and local among its main employers.
On Wednesday night, dozens of locals gathered in Rainbow Park to pray and share hugs and tears for the missing girl, reported an honor student from the Anchorage KTUU television station.
The girl's father, Walter "Scotty" Barr, told KTUU TV in Kotzebue on Wednesday that he did not know in advance the prayer meeting.
"It will show the love of the community and of all those who have helped," he said.
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