Missing Juneau woman found dead

Posted: Thursday, April 06, 2000

JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau woman who walked away from mental health caretakers on Sunday was found dead Thursday, police said.

A passerby spotted the body of Elizabeth Nye, 50, under a boardwalk between two houses in the downtown area, Juneau Police Lt. Ron Forneris said.

Police suspected she had been there since shortly after her disappearance. There was no immediate indication of foul play, but an autopsy was planned, Forneris said.

The Alaska State Troopers and the Juneau Police Department mounted an intense search for the Nye, 50, after she walked away from a temporary downtown apartment operated by the Juneau Alliance for the Mentally Ill.

She was wearing a short-sleeved dress but no coat or socks when she left the apartment. The weather in Juneau has been cold and rainy since Sunday.

Nye had lived in Juneau off and on since the 1970s, said her sister, Marcia Nye.

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