ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — In a story Dec. 22 about a man who died and was reported missing, The Associated Press reported erroneously that an Anchorage hospital's efforts to locate the man's mother had been delayed. A hospital spokeswoman says efforts to reach next of kin were unsuccessful.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Anchorage police reported dead man as missing
Anchorage police reported dead man as missing-persons case
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 55-year-old man announced by police as missing Thursday had been dead for more than a week and his body was released to a funeral home as officers began searching for him, according to Anchorage police.
George Nathan Krause's death came to light Friday, following a confusing sequence of events, KTUU-TV reported (http://is.gd/W6NOkY).
Krause's mother reported him missing to police, and officers subsequently released information about his case to local media Thursday.
Police spokeswoman Anita Shell told the Daily News (http://is.gd/ZjB1Bh) that a nurse at Providence Alaska Medical Center saw a TV report Thursday and recognized him as a patient declared dead on Dec. 12.
Krause had been taken to Providence Alaska Medical Center on Dec. 12, after a caller reported seeing Krause clutch his chest and fall to the ground on the street near his apartment. He died at the hospital, of a heart attack, Shell told the newspaper.
A Providence spokeswoman said that attempts by hospital staff to locate Krause's next of his next of kin were unsuccessful.
Hospital spokeswoman Crystal Bailey said Krause's body was released to a funeral home the day he died.
Police initially incorrectly reported Friday morning that his body had been taken to the state medical examiner's office.