Body of missing Anchorage woman found near highway

Casey Grove

An Anchorage woman reported missing Tuesday has been found dead alongside Turnagain Arm near the Seward Highway south of Anchorage, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Troopers continue to investigate how Martha Levensaler, 58, died.

Levensaler's husband reported her missing about 4 p.m. Tuesday after finding her Honda CR-V sport-utility vehicle parked at the Beluga Point pullout at Mile 110, troopers said in a written statement. His "despondent" wife was nowhere to be seen, troopers said.

"He had become concerned about her when she would not respond to messages, she missed an appointment and did not check in with work," the troopers' statement says.

A search by troopers that included scanning the Turnagain Arm shoreline from Mile 105 to 113 in their Helo-3 helicopter, a Robinson R44, failed to find Levensaler late Tuesday. Troopers found no other sign of the woman, whom they listed as a missing person.

Troopers reported finding Levensaler's body on rocks near the water's edge about 10 a.m. Wednesday near Mile 108 after receiving a tip from the Alaska Railroad.

Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said the case remains under investigation. A state medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of Levensaler's death, Peters said.

Levensaler's husband, Richard Lefebvre, declined to comment Wednesday.

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