Woman found in Gold Creek identified

Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2002

Police continued their investigation today into the death of a 39-year-old woman whose body was found in Gold Creek late Tuesday afternoon.

Family members identified the body of Kathleen Michelle Fawcett on Wednesday afternoon. Roberta Fawcett, Kathleen's mother, said she needed time to make burial arrangements before she could discuss her daughter's death.

According to a police press release, Fawcett appeared to have gone into the water near Cope Park. Sgt. John Boltjes said Fawcett may have been in the water for a few hours before her body was recovered. The briskly moving water carried her under the bridge at Calhoun Avenue, down the creek and into Gastineau Channel where her body was recovered around 5:40 p.m. Monday.

Boltjes said Fawcett was seen downtown in the Village area near the ANB Hall with some friends Monday afternoon.

Though foul play is not suspected, Boltjes said police want to interview people who may have been with Fawcett on Monday to determine how she fell into the water. Police said they should have preliminary autopsy results on Fawcett in about two weeks.

Melanie Plenda can be reached at mplenda@juneauempire.com.

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