Alaska State Troopers are investigating a Willow woman’s death after a Tuesday search discovered her body miles from her vehicle near Petersville.

Troopers said in an online dispatch that the search for 56-year-old Hattie Labuff-Kilgo began with a 9:15 a.m. Monday request for a welfare check on her when she didn’t show up for work. Troopers visited her home, but couldn’t find her there; investigation determined that she had traveled to Petersville on Saturday.

“Labuff-Kilgo’s 2011 GMC pickup was located unoccupied on Petersville Road approximately 35 miles away from the Parks Highway,” troopers wrote. “Search and rescue personnel were notified and responded to the area on [Tuesday morning. At about 12:30 p.m.], Labuff-Kilgo was located deceased along Petersville Road approximately three miles from the vehicle.”

Megan Peters, a troopers spokeswoman, said Wednesday morning that Labuff-Kilgo's death is considered suspicious, but she declined to say why.

Troopers have notified Labuff-Kilgo’s next of kin, and her body has been sent to the state medical examiner’s office in Anchorage. An investigation of her death is ongoing.

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