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Body found near coastal trail ID'd as missing Anchorage woman

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Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 4:52 pm | Updated: 11:31 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The body found this week on the coastal trail in Anchorage has been confirmed as that of a woman missing for seven weeks.

Police say in a statement that dental records were used to confirm the identity of 63-year-old Letitia Baxter.

She had been reported missing Aug. 3.

The manner and cause of death haven't been determined. Anchorage homicide detectives continue their investigation.

Baxter was an avid user of Anchorage's trail system, where targeted searches have been made since her disappearance.

Baxter's boyfriend, Gerhard Hesse, tells KTUU (http://is.gd/A4XHAV) that he found the human remains on Monday. He says the remains were so badly decomposed that he couldn't confirm the identity.

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