Police say "self-inflicted wounds" caused the death of a woman whose body was found in the parking lot of a West Anchorage church early Tuesday.
Two people heading to work about 8:15 a.m. Tuesday discovered Marya Abramczyk, 44, lying next to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, at Turnagain Street and West 32nd Avenue, police said.
A police spokesman initially described Abramczyk's death as a homicide but later retracted that statement. In a short written statement sent to news media Thursday, police said Abramczyk "died as a result of self-inflicted wounds." The statement did not indicate how Abramczyk killed herself.
A neighbor who lives across the street from the church said she heard what sounded like a gunshot just after 2 a.m. Tuesday.
Police Lt. Anthony Henry said the means of Abramczyk's apparent suicide will not be released out of respect to her family. Police do not typically issue statements on suicides, and the only reason they are commenting now on Abramczyk's death is because the death had been earlier been reported as suspicious, Henry said.
"We have to close that loop with the public. We're letting the public know that there's nothing suspicious," Henry said.
According to the Anchorage School District, Abramczyk was employed as special education support staff at Begich Middle School.
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By CASEY GROVE