Former legislator's brother found dead of hypothermia

Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The brother of former state legislator Ivan Ivan has been found dead of apparent hypothermia.

The body of Owen Ivan of Akiak was found at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday about 2 1/2 miles east of the Kuskokwim River village. Akiak Mayor Andrew Jasper and a companion were out cutting wood and found the dead man in his snowmachine, covered with a tarp., troopers said. Ivan had removed his shoes.

Troopers say Ivan, 60, left his brother's home on Monday night. Owen Ivan reportedly was drinking but did not appear intoxicated, according to troopers.

Ivan apparently was speeding and drove his snowmachine into an alder patch. Troopers said Ivan's face probably struck the windshield. He was not wearing a helmet.

Ivan apparently spent the night at the scene, with temperatures in the low teens. He was wearing only light clothing. Troopers said they believe hypothermia was the cause of death. An autopsy will not be done, troopers said.

The dead man's brother, Ivan Ivan, is a former state representative for the Akiak area.

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