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Fairbanks man charged with murder of woman whose body was found in vacant apartment

FAIRBANKS - A 39-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a woman whose body was found in a vacant Fairbanks apartment, police said.

Kristen Huntington. (Photo provided by Charlene Apok)

Eric Palmer Rustad also is charged with evidence tampering and misconduct with a corpse, police said. He was arrested Thursday night. Online court documents do not list his attorney.

Rustad is charged in the death of Kristen Huntington, 30.

Huntington was reported missing Jan. 10. Officers looking for Huntington on Sunday night drove to an apartment complex in an east Fairbanks neighborhood and were given consent to search. They found Huntington’s body inside a vacant apartment.

Police have not indicated how Huntington died or why they focused their search on the apartment.

Rustad is jailed at Fairbanks Correctional Center.