Man asks for help after daughter's suicide attempt

Posted: Wednesday, July 28, 2010

BETHEL - An Emmonak man whose 16-year-old daughter attempted suicide has written a letter to Gov. Sean Parnell's rural adviser, asking the state to take urgent action against a suicide crisis in Yukon-Kuskokwim villages.

Nicholas Tucker says in the letter sent Saturday to John Moller that his wife woke up early that morning and found their daughter, hanging from a hairdryer cord. Tucker says the family "caught her just in time."

Tucker urges Moller and Parnell to aggressively target people who are supplying alcohol and drugs to minors.

The suicides of nine young people from Yukon-Kuskokwim villages since late May have alarmed local and state officials. State troopers say alcohol played a part in some of the deaths.

Moller could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday.

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