A skeleton believed to be that of an American soldier who never returned from his assignment to a desolate Aleutian Island during World War II has been found by wildlife researchers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said.

The skeleton was found on Buldir Island, its boots on, an M-1 rifle and bayonet at its side, and a wallet with identification too faded to make out, Bruce Batten, an agency spokesman, said Monday.The 4,915-acre island is at the western end of Alaska's Aleutian Island chain and is a desolate chunk of treeless rock and tundra wilderness where 12 soldiers maintained a garrison after fighting reached American soil in World War II.