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APD Advises Citizens Call 911 for Overdoses

Eleven heroin overdose death investigations this year


After conducting a recent death investigation, Anchorage police would like to remind residents to please contact 911 if they suspect someone has overdosed. First responders may have the ability to resuscitate someone who has overdosed and could save their life.


Although police have not been able to determine the exact set of circumstances leading up to the death and location of a woman found outside in a South Anchorage neighborhood, police suspect the body may have been dropped off at this location after the female had overdosed.


On May 7, 2016 the body of 45-year-old Darlene Kunayak was discovered in the woods near Goldenview and Bulgaria Drive. An autopsy conducted by the medical examiner found no injuries that would have resulted in death or any other evidence of foul play. Toxicology results showed both alcohol and heroin present in Kunayak. The investigation also found that Kunayak was homeless and lived in the downtown Anchorage area. It is unknown why her body was at this location, and it is possible that her body may have been dropped off there after she had overdosed. Anyone with additional information that could be helpful in this investigation should contact APD at 786-8900 or to provide an anonymous tip, please contact Anchorage Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP or go online to www.anchoragecrimestoppers.com


Police would like to encourage citizens who encounter someone in a possible overdose situation to contact medics right away by calling 911.  So far this year, police have investigated 11 death cases involving heroin overdose.


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