Woman's body found in the woods near Potter Creek Saturday morning
The the body of a 45-year-old woman was found in the woods in a hillside neighborhood above Potter Marsh Saturday, Anchorage police wrote in a press release Tuesday.
A police officer was flagged down by a passerby at about 10:15 a.m., "stating that they believed they saw a body of a woman in the woods," police wrote.
Anchorage police spokeswoman, Anita Shell told Channel 2 News that the body was visible from the road.
The woman's body was recoverd by the Anchorage police Crime Scene Van and the State Medical Examiner's Office took custody of the body for an autopsy. The autopsy reports are expected on Monday afternoon but toxicology reports could take six to eight weeks.
The woman was identified as Darlene Kunayak of Anchorage and her next of kin were have been notified.
Police do not believe Kunayak's body was in the area for long time.
"If anyone saw suspicious activity in the area or has surveillance footage of road traffic between May 6-7, they’re asked to call Anchorage Police Detective Estes at 786-8572," police wrote.
Shell says police do not know who say Kunayak last and a timeline of the hours before her death has not yet been established. She had not been reported missing.
Investigations are ongoing.