Byers Lake Campground bodies ID'd as married couple
Alaska State Troopers say the two people found dead a week ago at the Byers Lake Campground off the Parks Highway were a husband and wife, but haven’t said anything further about how they died.
A Tuesday dispatch said the man and woman were positively identified by the state medical examiner's office as 31-year-old Wasilla residents Ross Hagens and Michelle Danek. Their bodies were found Feb. 27 by a state maintenance worker at the campground near Mile 147 of the Parks.
"Their next of kin has been notified of the positive identification," troopers wrote.
Megan Peters, a troopers spokeswoman, said "foul play has not been ruled out" in an investigation of the deaths, although their cause and manner have yet to be determined.
“The maintenance guy was plowing in the parking lot, going around and going around, and he saw a vehicle there," Peters said. “The plow guy was going to stop and ask them to move the truck, and when he got out he saw them outside in the snow near the vehicle.”
The couple, Peters wrote in an email, "died sometime the night before they were found."
Wayne Biessel, Alaska State Parks' Mat-Su superintendent, said the couple had not rented any of the public-use cabins at Byers Lake.
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