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Body of missing Fairbanks woman found in Chena Hot Springs Road ditch

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Posted: Friday, April 16, 2010 4:01 pm | Updated: 1:30 pm, Wed Dec 26, 2012.

FAIRBANKS - Alaska State Troopers have located the body of a Fairbanks woman missing since December.

Samantha Lee Randolph, 40, was last seen Dec. 12, 2009, after losing control of her vehicle near McKee Farm Road. Witnesses, who initially reported Randolph as a possible intoxicated driver, told troopers that Randolph, wearing jeans and a jacket, was heading toward Chena Hot Springs as the temperature hovered around zero.

Randolph’s body was found Wednesday in a ditch along Chena Hot Springs Road, near her last known location. Troopers were called to the area after a passerby found Randolph’s purse.

There are no signs of foul play, but an autopsy will be conducted by the state medical examiner in Anchorage.

Randolph was not reported missing until six days after she was last seen, and a search dog was unable to find any sign of her in December.

At the time of her death, Randolph was facing a manslaughter charge in connection with the death of 34-year-old Roman Retynski. Randolph was driving a truck near 36 Mile Chena Hot Springs Road last June when Retysnki decided to get on the hood of the truck and “car surf.”

Retynski fell off the hood and died. He reportedly had performed the stunt dozens of times over the years.

Contact staff writer Chris Freiberg at 459-7545.

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