The state medical examiner has ruled out foul play or anything suspicious in the case of a Ninilchik woman found dead in a field in Ninilchik last Wednesday. Alaska State Troopers identified the woman as Kathy L. Kvasnikoff, 40.
Next of kin has been notified, and an autopsy with toxicology screening was done on Kvasnikoff last Friday. The body was released to a funeral home. Troopers are still waiting for the results of the toxicology screening, which can take several weeks.
Troopers received a call about 3:35 p.m. Feb. 27 that a person passing by the field near the intersection of Kingsley Road and Bluff Drive saw a body. Bluff Drive is south of the intersection of Ninilchik-Oil Well Road and Kinglsey Road. Footprints led from the road to where Kvasnikoff's body was found, but because a snow plow had cleared the roads, troopers lost the tracks beyond that, said trooper spokesperson Megan Peters. Troopers don't know how she came to be in the field or if someone had driven her to the area and dropped her off.
"We don't know where she started from and what she was doing," Peters said.
Troopers could not see any obvious signs of death for Kvasnikoff. No firearms or weapons were involved and there were no apparent wounds.
Kvasnikoff was not wearing clothing suitable for the weather, Peters said.
Kvasnikoff had last been seen three days earlier. A family member reported her missing late Tuesday night.
Troopers have asked people with information about where Kvasnikoff might have been before she was found dead to call troopers.
"We don't know when she died or what she was doing prior to her death," Peters said. "If anyone has information, let us know so we can fill in the gaps."
People with information about Kvasnikoff's whereabouts before she was found dead can call the Alaska State Troopers at 235-8239.
Kvasnikoff came from a longtime Ninilchik family with roots going back to the original 19th century settlement of the community.
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