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Palmer woman missing for months found dead near Knik River, troopers say

The body of a Palmer woman who was reported missing in December was found Tuesday near the Knik River, according to the Alaska State Troopers.

A citizen reported that he or she had found what looked like human remains near the river just before 5:30 p.m., and investigators from Palmer recovered the body, troopers wrote in an online statement.

The State Medical Examiner Office identified 42-year-old Audrey Swartzentruber as the person who had died.

Swartzentruber was reported missing in mid-December and was last seen walking on a road in Palmer headed toward Anchorage, according to a previous report by troopers.

It’s unclear what caused Swartzentruber’s death, but troopers said the investigation is ongoing.

“Until we know more about her cause and manner, we are not providing further details,” a spokeswoman for the department said by email.

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