Troopers investigate Tenakee body

Posted: Wednesday, April 02, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Search and rescue teams found a body in Tenakee Springs Tuesday, but town and law-enforcement officials will not say if the remains are of a Juneau woman who has been missing since last week.

Teams of Tenakee residents have been searching since Friday for Margaret ''Maggie'' Wigen, 19, who last was seen walking with her dog on a trail leading into Tenakee around 3 p.m. Wednesday. The dog wandered into town Friday without Wigen.

One of the search teams found the body shortly before 10 a.m. in a wooded area behind the Tenakee Springs School. Though officials would not confirm the body is Wigen, a Tenakee Fire Department staffer, who would not give her name, asked area media to ''stop all broadcasts announcing the woman as missing.''

Tenakee, population about 100, is about 50 miles southwest of Juneau.

Alaska State Trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson said crime-scene technicians and investigators are on their way to Tenakee but probably will not begin working at the scene until Wednesday morning. Wilkinson said troopers will not confirm the identity or details about the body until they have examined the area where the body was found.

Troopers began searching for Wigen on Friday, but suspended the effort Sunday evening. Local volunteers continued to look for her, said Tenakee Mayor Shelly Wilson.

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