Police investigate death of Fairbanks woman

Posted: Monday, September 16, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found behind a recreational facility.

Police found the body of Betina L. Badie, 39, behind the Fairbanks Curling Club on Second Avenue shortly after 10 a.m. Sunday, said Sgt. Doug Whorton.

The cause of death was not immediately known. Whorton told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner the initial investigation did not reveal any signs of assault. The body was taken to the medical examiner's office in Anchorage for autopsy.

Police think Badie is from Fairbanks, Whorton said, but they don't have a home address.

''Right now we're listing her as a transient,'' he said.

Police have had prior contact with Badie. On July 21, she was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana, driving without a license and providing police with a false identification after a traffic stop. She was found with cocaine while at Fairbanks Correctional Center the same day, according to a grand jury indictment handed down last month.

In May, Badie appeared in Fairbanks District Court, pleaded no contest to a charge of making a false report and was ordered to stay away from a residence on 23rd Avenue.

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