Body found at University Lake identified

Published: Jan. 13, 2017 at 9:38 PM AKST
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A death investigation is underway following the discovery of a body inside a car parked in the UMED district in a parking lot near University Lake Thursday afternoon. On Friday the Anchorage Police Department identified the person as 25-year-old Martina Painter, a young woman with ties to Nome.

“She had gone out with a friend that evening and never returned,” said APD Spokesperson Renee Oistad. The indication was made following an autopsy but the manner of death hasn’t been determined, “We will not have an exact cause of death until toxicology results come back that can take several weeks,” said Oistad.

Painter was a graduate of Nome-Beltz Junior/Senior High School and left an impression on one of her former teachers, “Martina was very friendly. She was a kind person and so she had that effect on people. She came across as very open and very friendly,” said Jon Berkeley who is now the school’s principal, “Martina Painter was a wonderful person, she will be greatly missed. She always had a ready smile and she was very easy to talk to. This is a big loss for our community,” said Berkeley.

The Anchorage Police Department says detectives have conducted several interviews but at this point they’re not looking to speak with anyone else about Painter’s death.