A Nunapitchuk woman was found dead Saturday after being reported missing as she and another person were traveling via snowmachine to Bethel.
According to Alaska State Troopers, Elizanna Anvil, 22, and a traveling partner left Nunapitchuk about 4 p.m. Friday en route to Bethel, a distance of approximately 25 miles. The partner returned to Nunapitchuk alone about midnight and Anvil was declared overdue. Troopers contacted village and tribal police in Nunapitchuk and nearby Kasigluk and requested a hasty search of their villages.
Troopers also contact Bethel Search and Rescue and asked them to check the tundra trail between Bethel and Nunapitchuk, according to a troopers news release.
About 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, searchers notified troopers they had found Anvil deceased about 2 miles off the main trail and 4 miles from where her snowmachine was located on its side. Troopers believe Anvil died of exposure after walking for several hours in the cold. Her body was recovered and sent to the state Medical Examiner's Office in Anchorage. Next of kin have been notified.