Updated at 1:29 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19: Juneau police have identified the body found earlier today as Juneau resident, Marilyn Williams, 48.
According to a release from the JPD, no foul play is suspected.
The next of kin has been notified and an autopsy has been requested. The case remains under investigation.
A witness on their way to the bus stop on the corner of Mendenhall Loop Road and Valley Boulevard spotted a body lying in a ditch Friday morning.
Jason Marshall, a marketing assistant at the Capital City Weekly, said he initially walked past the body positioned face down in the deep ditch, thinking it was a pile of clothes. Closer inspection revealed there was also a body. Marshall said the individual did not respond to verbal prompts. He assumed the person was dead and called the Juneau Police Department.
Marshall said there was a group of people in the area that also saw the body and some notified police.
JPD Spokesperson Cindee Brown-Mills said officers are currently on the scene trying to gain information about the incident.
“All we have this morning is that yes, we found a body in the ditch,” she said.
Brown-Mills said officers have closed Valley Boulevard between Loop Road and Kiowa Drive. Mendenhall Loop Road is also closed between Valley Boulevard and Floyd Dryden Middle School.
Brown-Mills said the JPD will release more information as it becomes available.