UPDATE: Person of interest in Gambell woman's disappearance commits suicide

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Published: May. 17, 2016 at 5:13 PM AKDT
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UPDATE May 19, 2016:

A Gambell man identified by authorities as a person of interest in the disappearance of 22-year-old Gladys Aningayou has committed suicide, Alaska State Troopers say.

Investigators say 37-year-old Benjamin Booshu was identified as a person of interest early in the investigation.

“Prior to law enforcement contacting Booshu, witnesses observed Booshu commit suicide outside his residence,” troopers wrote in a Thursday dispatch.

Booshu’s remains will be sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy on Friday, troopers say.

Search teams were able to recover the body of a woman believed to be Aningayou but the Medical Examiner is still working to get a positive identification. The deceased woman was found several miles outside of Gambell.

“The investigation into the death of both the unidentified female and Benjamin Booshu are ongoing,” troopers said.

ORIGINAL STORY May 17, 2016:

A search team in the remote village of Gambell on St. Lawrence Island has recovered what is believed to be the body of a woman who has been missing since May 12, Alaska State Troopers say.

According to a dispatch posted online, troopers were notified at around 11 p.m. Monday that the body had been found several miles outside the community. Troopers say the deceased woman is believed to be 22-year-old Gladys Aningayou, but the remains are being sent to the State Medical Examiner for positive identification.

KNOM reports that

She was reported missing by family members on May 15, troopers say.

Nome-based Alaska State Troopers are in Gambell conducting an initial investigation and will soon be joined by members of the Alaska Bureau of Investigation.

Anyone with information on Aningayou’s whereabouts after May 12 is asked to contact ABI’s Anchorage office at (907) 269-5611.

Gambell is a village on St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea. It has a population of about 700 people according to 2015 estimates by the Alaska Department of Labor.