While riding a snowmachine, Paul Ayunerak of Alakanuk had gotten stuck in deep snow near his home. Troopers suspect Ayunerak died from exposure to the elements.
On Thursday, waylaid snowmachiners Thomas Olanna and Brandon Tocktoo of Brevig Mission were found in a cabin near the Sinuk River bridge, both suffering from frostbite.
A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter with three crew members and a paramedic from the Nome Volunteer Fire Department located a male and female pair who had attempted to snowmachine to Serpentine Hot Springs.
After arraignment in Nome last week, a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Charles on Thursday, January 26th, at the Unalakleet Courthouse.
In Anchorage, a heroin bust. In Nome, two men have been arrested for possession of heroin.
Twenty-seven-year-old Travis Loughridge left Shungnak on Saturday around noon and was expected to arrive in Fairbanks by Monday evening. According to Alaska State troopers, it is believed that Loughridge broke through the ice at a water crossing and died from hypothermia.
Suspects have been identified. The total number and names of those suspects have yet to be released, as Troopers continue their investigation.
On Christmas Eve around 4pm, Alaska State Troopers were informed that Daniel Soxie of Unalakleet had been found by a friend, deceased, in his residence. Troopers believe Soxie died of natural causes.
Three seemingly unrelated burglaries hit Emmonak last weekend, causing damage at the local clinic, the Ryan Air office, and the Department of Transportation building. Investigations continue into all three incidents; no suspects have yet been identified.
On Saturday, a man acting alone was caught on video breaking into the Covenant Church and stole just one item, a large bottle of hand sanitizer. Troopers are not releasing the suspect’s name or information at this time, as the suspect has yet to be charged with a crime. The investigation is still ongoing.