Though Anchorage police don’t know all the details, they believe a homeless woman who was found dead in the woods in May died of an overdose. They also believe her body may have been dumped there.


Early last month, the body of 45-year-old Darlene Kunayak was discovered by someone passing by near Goldenview Drive and Bulgaria Drive in South Anchorage. Her remains were taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office.


According to a release from the Anchorage Police Department on Monday, an autopsy found no injuries that would have resulted in death or any other evidence of foul play. APD stated that Kunayak’s toxicology results showed she had both alcohol and heroin in her system.


Kunayak was homeless and lived in the downtown Anchorage area, APD stated, and they didn’t know why her body was in south Anchorage. Police wrote it’s possible she was dropped off there after she overdosed.


Police stated they have investigated 11 deaths involving heroin overdose this year. In the release, Anchorage police reminded people to contact 911 if they think someone has overdosed.


“First responders may have the ability to resuscitate someone who has overdosed and could save their life,” the statement reads.


Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact APD at 907-786-8900. To provide an anonymous tip, call Anchorage Crime Stoppers at 907-561-STOP or provide information on their website.