Troopers investigate deaths of three in separate incidents

Posted: Sunday, March 10, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers are investigating three unattended deaths.

Firefighters found a body inside a home that burned Friday night off Beaver Lake Road in Big Lake.

The home is believed to be owned by Donald Mikkelson, 56, whose vehicle was parked in the driveway, troopers said.

The fire was reported Friday night and brought under control early Saturday. Firefighters found the body near the front entrance. The body has not been positively identified.

Neighbors on Friday discovered the body of David Blum, 63, at Timberling's Bed and Breakfast at Mile 57.3 Glenn Highway near Sutton. Blum was one of the owners.

Blum had apparently crawled up onto the top rack of the sauna. The sauna had switched off by itself and the room and the body were cold. Foul play is not suspected.

On Saturday morning, the body of Victoria Gregory, 42, was found on a snowmobile trail off a street in Sterling.

Troopers said Gregory appeared to have been there for some time. She lived in a trailer about 200 yards away. Trooper said she may have encountered a moose on the trail or passed out and succumbed to hypothermia.

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