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Man charged with murder of woman whose remains were found in Big Lake

A Palmer grand jury has indicted a 24-year-old man in the disappearance and death of a 57-year-old Wasilla woman whose body was discovered in early April.

Dolly Hampton, 57, of Wasilla, was reported missing on Dec. 6, 2018. Five months later, her remains were found in a remote area of Big Lake. The Alaska State Troopers say she was killed. (Photo courtesy Alaska State Troopers Missing Persons Clearinghouse.)

Adam Knight Nikita Drew is facing multiple charges, including first- and second-degree murder and kidnapping, in the death of Dolly Hampton, whose remains were found April 10 by someone walking a dog in a remote area of Big Lake, the Alaska State Troopers said in an online dispatch.

Drew, who lives in Big Lake, was already incarcerated on unrelated robbery charges when the indictment was handed down, troopers said. He has been detained at the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility since Jan. 3.

Drew was also charged with kidnapping in an earlier incident in 2015, but prosecutors dismissed the charge, online court records show.

Troopers wouldn’t release details about the cause or circumstances of Hampton’s death and wouldn’t say whether Drew and Hampton knew one another, troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said.

Investigators believe Hampton died around the time her family reported her missing in early December, Peters said previously.