BYERS LAKE, Alaska (KTUU) - Update - March 7, 2018:
Two victims, who were recently found dead in the Byers Lake Campground, have been positively identified as Ross Hagens and Michelle Danek, according to the State Medical Examiner's Office.
Alaska State Troopers confirm that Hagens and Danek were a married couple. Additionally, both victims were 31, and they resided in Wasilla.
AST Information Officer Megan Peters also unveiled new information – that when the couple was found in late-February, they were in the snow near their vehicle.
"The two people were located in the snow in relatively close proximity to their vehicle," said Peters. "The person plowing saw the vehicle, but didn’t realize the people were there until they went to request that the vehicle be moved so that area of the lot could be plowed completely."
At this point, next-of-kin has been notified. However, AST says the cause and manner of their deaths is still under investigation.
Original Story - March 2, 2018:
Alaska State Troopers say that a man and a woman have been found dead in the Byers Lake Campground. The cause and manner of their deaths is being investigated.
AST and Alaska State Park Rangers responded around noon Feb. 27 to the campground, at mile 147 of the Parks Highway. Megan Peters, a spokesperson with AST, says they have not ruled out foul play, "but that does not mean we expect that."
Peters says the two people have been tentatively identified, but investigators are waiting for positive identification from the State Medical Examiner's Office.