Woman found dead inside skiff along New Stuyahok shore believed to have died from hypothermia

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Published: Jun. 7, 2021 at 12:19 PM AKDT|Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 6:14 AM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - A 25-year-old woman who was found dead inside of a skiff that was discovered along the shore in New Stuyahok is believed to have died from exposure and hypothermia.

Rachel Hanson’s body was found and reported to Alaska State Troopers by the Kanakanak Hospital last weekend, according to an online dispatch that was posted Monday morning.

An investigation was conducted and Hanson’s body was sent to the state medical examiner to determine how she died.

An updated dispatch released Wednesday evening revealed that it is believed she died after a round trip in the skiff, which was described as small and aluminum, to Dillingham and back.

Troopers said toxicology results are pending and Hanson’s family has been notified.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated with additional information from the Alaska State Troopers.

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