Crime & Courts

Woman found dead along Parks Highway likely was killed days earlier, troopers say

Homicide Arnoldine Hill

Alaska State Troopers on Tuesday continued to seek information about a woman whose body was found this month along the Parks Highway north of Willow.

Troopers said 26-year-old Arnoldine Simone Hill’s body was found Jan. 9 at a pullout near Mile 81. Investigators believe her body was left at the pullout sometime between the evening of Jan. 8 and the afternoon of Jan. 9, troopers wrote in an online statement.

On Friday, an autopsy confirmed the cause of death was homicide, troopers said. She likely died several days before her body was left along the highway, the statement said.

The department had been investigating Hill’s death as a homicide since her body was discovered. No additional information was released about the cause of death.

Hill was “last known to be alive” on Dec. 10 in Midtown Anchorage, and troopers said she may have been in Anchorage, Wasilla or Willow before she died. Hill left her Hooper Bay home about a year ago and was homeless by choice, a relative previously said.

Troopers described Hill as an Alaska Native who was 4 feet 11 inches tall and weighed about 150 pounds, with shoulder-length brown hair and a distinct mole below her lower right lip.

Anyone who may know something about where Hill went after she was last seen in Anchorage or who has information about suspicious activity near the pullout is encouraged to call 907-352-5401, troopers said.

Tess Williams

Tess Williams is a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News, focusing on breaking news. Before joining the ADN in 2019, she was a reporter for the Grand Forks Herald in North Dakota and previously helped cover the Nebraska Legislature for The Associated Press. Contact her at twilliams@adn.com.

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