A Wasilla woman who had been missing for five months was killed, Alaska State Troopers say, and her remains were discovered last week in Big Lake.
The State Medical Examiner Office on Wednesday identified the remains as those of 57-year-old Dolly Hampton, who went missing Dec. 6, 2018. The last time she was seen alive, she was at her home near Happy Circle in Wasilla, according to a troopers missing-persons bulletin.
A person walking their dog discovered the remains in a remote area of Big Lake, trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters said, though the agency wouldn’t say where exactly she was found.
Her remains could not initially be identified “due to exposure to the elements,” the troopers said in an online dispatch.
Investigators believe she was killed around the same time she was reported missing, and said in the dispatch that the suspect is already in prison on an unrelated charge. They aren’t naming that person until charges are filed, nor would they say how whether Hampton knew the suspect.
Peterson said the agency is aware of Hampton’s cause of death but won’t release that information.