Meth suspected in death near Klawock

ldemer@adn.comJanuary 27, 2013 

A 51-year-old man from a small Prince of Wales Island community was found dead Saturday, and may have overdosed on methamphetamine, Alaska State Troopers said Sunday.

Andrew Richter of Naukati, north of Klawock on the island's western side, was found unresponsive outside his mother's home on Saturday morning, according to troopers, who got a report of the situation just before 11 a.m. A medic tried to revive him for almost 45 minutes but couldn't. Investigators found a small amount of suspected meth, a syringe and a spoon in Richter's coat pockets, troopers said.

The state Medical Examiner's Office plans to perform an autopsy.

His family told investigators that he also suffers from heart disease and high blood pressure, troopers said.

Richter's death was unexpected but troopers said they don't suspect foul play.

He was scheduled to appear in court Feb. 26 on two criminal cases, a probation violation in a 2010 drug case, and a change of plea in a 2012 evidence tampering case.

Naukati is a small, unincorporated community of loggers and homesteaders, according to the state Division of Community and Regional Affairs.

The Richter family runs the local store and package store and Andrew Richter was a longtime board member of Naukati Bay Inc., a community organization, according to local leaders.

Reach Lisa Demer at ldemer@adn.com or 257-4390.

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