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Wanderer to Be Returned To U.S. Early

April 13, 1986

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) _ A man who was arrested by the Soviet Union as he walked on the ice in the Bering Strait was scheduled to be released Monday, the U.S. State Department said.

Earlier, Soviet officials had said John Weymouth, 33, of San Francisco would be released Wednesday.

″I don’t know what precipitated the change,″ said Deborah Cavin, a State Department spokeswoman, adding that he will be freed on Little Diomede island in the strait.

The Soviets said Weymouth was arrested April 9 for violating their border. Witnesses said he had crossed the international date line, which is the border, April 2.

Weymouth ended up on Little Diomede, off the Seward Peninsula in northwest Alaska, after wandering for months in western Alaska. He made his way with the help of villagers he met along the way and by working odd jobs.

Ms. Cavin said the State Department had no plans to send anyone to meet Weymouth. Alaska State Troopers will assist in the transfer, said police Maj. Walter Gilmore.

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