Troopers investigating death of woman at Teklanika River near Healy
Alaska State Troopers are investigating a report that a 24-year-old woman died after being swept under the waters of the Teklanika River near Healy.
Piotr Markielau, also 24, called troopers just before midnight Thursday and reported his wife, Veranika Nikanava, was dead at a river crossing on the Stampede Trail, troopers wrote in an online dispatch Friday.
“The couple was hiking and attempting to cross the Teklanika River, which was running high and swift due to recent rains, when Ms. Nikanava was swept under the water,” troopers wrote.
Markielau said he was able to pull his wife out of the river about 75-100 yards downstream, but she was already dead. A trooper from Nenana and others used all-terrain vehicles to get to the scene.
The body has been sent to the state medical examiner.
Troopers are asking hikers, rafters and anyone else out enjoying the Alaska outdoors to be prepared for challenging weather, water and geographical conditions.
Edit: A previous version of this story included an incorrect spelling of Veranika Nikanava. It has been corrected.
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