Human skull found along Matanuska R.

Posted: Thursday, September 25, 2003

ANCHORAGE - A human skull found along the Matanuska River has been identified as the remains of a Knik woman reported missing five years ago, Alaska State Troopers said Wednesday.

The state medical examiner identified the skull Tuesday as that of Susan Beth Crawford, who was 46 years old when she was last seen Aug. 9, 1998, around Mile 89 of the Glenn Highway. Her abandoned car was found one day later near Mile 91.

The medical examiner found no evidence of foul play and could not determine the cause of death, troopers said.

When Crawford disappeared, dozens of people and tracking dogs searched the rough terrain near the Matanuska Glacier, but found no sign of Crawford. Moose hunters found the skull Sept. 14.

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