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Public help sought in identifying woman found dead in Anchorage

The Alaska State Medical Examiner's Office asked the public for help Tuesday to identify a woman found dead at an Anchorage homeless camp earlier this month.

A sketch released by the medical examiner depicts a younger woman with straight black hair. She was 4 feet, 6 inches tall and weighed 84 pounds. She had brown eyes and was between the ages of 18 and 35, said an unidentified person bulletin issued by the medical examiner's office.

The woman was found on Nov. 6 near 536 West 17th Avenue, the bulletin said.

Dawnell Smith, a spokesperson for the state health department, said the woman's cause of death remained under investigation.

The medical examiner's office rarely issues bulletins for unidentified people, she said.

"Apparently the sources that they normally use to ID people have been exhausted," she said.

The medical examiner's office asked anyone who may know the identity of the woman to call 907-334-2200.

Tegan Hanlon

Tegan Hanlon was a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News between 2013 and 2019. She now reports for Alaska Public Media.