Woman found dead in East Anchorage homeless camp

No foul play is suspected in the death of a woman whose body was found in the Russian Jack area of East Anchorage on Saturday morning, according to police.

Police spokeswoman Anita Shell said the body, in a camp near DeBarr Road and Pine Street, was first reported to dispatchers just after 9 a.m. Saturday by 33-year-old William Richard Norris.

"They were in a tent about 50 yards south of DeBarr and Pine," Shell said. "(Norris) had said that they went to sleep at about 11 p.m. (Friday), and when he woke up she was not breathing."

The State Medical Examiner Office retrieved the body for an autopsy and positive identification. Shell said the woman's name won't be released until authorities are able to contact her next of kin.

"She'd just been recently released from the hospital after a surgery," Shell said. "(The death) does not look suspicious."

Norris was wanted on unrelated misdemeanor warrants and taken into custody by police. Shell said he is not considered a suspect in the woman's death.

Chris Klint

Chris Klint is a former ADN reporter who covered breaking news.