The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

By Wolfgang Kurtz
LOG Editor 

Body found, possibly missing woman


Wolfgang Kurtz | The Seward Phoenix LOG

Fourth of July Creek running into Resurrection Bay at sunset the evening before the body of a woman was found there, washed ashore. The deceased was found by a pedestrian walking on the beach.

An unidentified woman was found dead, washed onto the beach beside Fourth of July Creek alongside Resurrection Bay early Sunday, Jan. 26. According to Tom Clemons, Seward Police Chief, the body has been transported to the State Medical Examiner's office in Anchorage for positive identification and determination of cause of death.

A week before the new discovery, almost to the hour, a man was found dead, floating in the waters of Seward Small Boat Harbor on Sunday morning, Jan. 19. Later that afternoon, after recovering the body, local fire and police personnel combed the area for a companion. A Central Emergency Services dive team and cadaver dog were dispatched the following Monday to continue the search for the missing woman.

According to a Jan. 20 Seward Police Department statement, the deceased 51-year-old Anchorage man, Patrick James Richard, had travelled with a woman to Seward to spend the weekend aboard a pleasure boat docked at E Float. On Jan. 21, Clemons confirmed the identity of the missing companion as 57-year-old Billie Hawke of Palmer.

SPD is continuing to investigate both cases and Clemons says there's been no conclusions drawn as to factors in Richard's death. Both drowning victims are being examined in Anchorage and Clemons says not to expect a positive ID on the woman or any other information anytime soon.

See The Seward Phoenix LOG's Jan. 23 edition for the related story "Man found dead in harbor, woman missing."


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