Sutton woman was shot, troopers say

Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Sutton woman found dead in her home was shot, Alaska State Troopers said Tuesday.

The body of Jane Sasseen, 65, was found Sunday evening in her house at Mile 51 of the Glenn Highway after family members reported her missing. The family members were concerned about Sasseen because they hadn't heard from her since April 1, troopers spokesman Greg Wilkinson said.

Troopers are investigating the death as a homicide, but are saying little else. Investigators would not reveal details such as where she was shot or how many times, Wilkinson said.

Her body was taken to the medical examiner's office in Anchorage and was autopsied, he said. Investigators also continued Tuesday to comb her house and surrounding area for clues, Wilkinson said.

Sasseen had lived in the area for several years, according to Alaska Permanent Fund records. She had won multiple awards at the Alaska State Fair for her quilting and needlework.

The shooting would be the first homicide in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough this year.

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