A Ninilchik woman was found dead in a field in Ninilchik on Wednesday afternoon. Alaska State Troopers identified the woman as Kathy L. Kvasnikoff, 40. Although the cause of death has not yet been determined, no foul play is suspected, troopers said in a press release.
Troopers received a call about 3:35 p.m. Wednesday that a person passing by the field near the intersection of Kingsley Road and Bluff Drive saw a body. Bluff Drive is south of the intersection of Ninilchik-Oil Well Road and Kinglsey Road. Footprints led from the road to where Kvasnikoff’s body was found, but because a snow plow had cleared the roads, troopers lost the tracks beyond that, said trooper spokesperson Megan Peters. Troopers don’t know how she came to be in the field or if someone had driven her to the area and dropped her off.
“We don’t know where she started from and what she was doing,” Peters said.
Troopers could not see any obvious signs of death for Kvasnikoff. No firearms or weapons were involved and there were no apparent wounds. Her body will be taken to the Alaska State Medical Examiner for an autopsy.
Kvasnikoff was not wearing clothing suitable for the weather, Peters said.
Kvasnikoff had last been seen three days earlier. A family member reported her missing late Tuesday night.
Troopers have asked people with information on where Kvasnikoff might have been before she was found dead to call troopers.
“We don’t know when she died or what she was doing prior to her death,” Peters said. “If anyone has information, let us know so we can fill in the gaps.”
People with information can call the Alaska State Troopers at 235-8239.
Kvasnikoff came from a longtime Ninilchik family with roots going back to the original 19th century settlement of the community.
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