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Woman shot, killed by moose hunting partner near Dot Lake identified

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Posted: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 8:46 pm

Updated 11:50 p.m.

FAIRBANKS — A woman was fatally shot by her hunting partner Tuesday afternoon as they looked for moose near the community of Dot Lake off the Alaska Highway, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Troopers identified the woman Thursday as Tarsicia Heath, 19, of Dot Lake. Her next of kin have been notified. Troopers have not yet publicly identified the man who shot her and who also reported the incident.

Asked if foul play has been eliminated as the cause of death, trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters said a final determination has not been made because the shooting still is under investigation.

The man contacted troopers in Tok at 2:48 p.m. Tuesday to report he had shot Heath in a hunting accident near Jan Lake, which is seven miles east of Dot Lake. Heath was declared dead at 3:35 p.m. by Tok Emergency Medical Services. A gunshot wound from a hunting rifle was listed as the cause of death. Heath’s body was taken to the state medical examiner’s office for autopsy.

Dot Lake is located about 150 miles southeast of Fairbanks on the Alaska Highway. It has a population of 12, according to the Alaska Department of Labor.

Contact staff writer Sam Friedman at 459-7545. Follow him on Twitter: @FDNMcrime.

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