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Troopers call death of elderly Kiana woman suspicious

An elderly woman died under suspicious circumstances late Friday in the village of Kiana, in Northwest Alaska, according to the state troopers, who are investigating.

Kotzebue-based troopers, about 60 miles west, got a report from the village at 9:30 p.m. Friday that Dolly Smith had been found dead. According to public records, Smith was 74.

The Kotzebue troopers were in Kiana on Saturday while two investigators with the Alaska Bureau of Investigation headed to the village.

Troopers called Smith's death suspicious but would not say why Saturday as they continued to investigate. A troopers spokeswoman said she was unable to release any details of the death investigation as the investigators were unreachable Saturday.