Woman's body found near DZ Middle School

Police do not suspect foul play in the death of Karen Eileen Kennedy

The body of  55-year-old Juneau resident Karen Eileen Kennedy was found around 7 a.m. Thursday morning near the trailhead of the Switzer Creek and Richard Marriot Trail in the Lemon Creek and Dzantik’i Heeni area, according to police.


Police do not suspect foul play, said Juneau Police Department Lt. David Campbell.

“We believe that there’s no foul play involved, and we don’t think people in the community need to be concerned about their personal safety,” Campbell said in a phone interview.

Campbell said a jogger found the body and called a relative, who called police.

After processing the scene, investigators received authorization from the State Medical Examiner Office to move the body, which was taken by Alaskan Memorial Park and Mortuary. The mortuary made arrangements to ship the body to Anchorage for an autopsy, Campbell said.

The woman, who police said was found “dressed for the weather,” was identified by a Bartlett Regional Hospital emergency room medical bracelet she was wearing, Campbell said.

Police chose not to speculate on possible causes of death after consultation with the City Attorney’s Office.

Woman's body found near DZ middle school


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