The body of a Juneau woman was found in a ditch Friday morning near the intersection of Valley Boulevard and Mendenhall Loop Road.
Juneau police have identified her as 48-year-old Marilyn Williams, born on February 26, 1963.
A witness on his way to a bus stop saw the body and called police. Capital City Fire and Rescue also responded. A medical team pronounced her dead at the scene, according to police spokeswoman Cindee Brown-Mills.
“It doesn’t appear to be foul play at this point,” Brown-Mills said. “They’ve requested an autopsy.”
The body will be sent to the state medical examiner’s office in Anchorage for the autopsy.
During the investigation, police closed off Valley Boulevard at Diane Street and Kiowa Drive for about an hour, as well as the outbound lane of Loop Road between Floyd Dryden Middle School and Valley.
Brown-Mills said Williams was found face down in the ditch just before Kiowa. She was dressed in a jacket, jeans, shoes and a hat.
Williams lived close by. Her family members have been notified.
The case remains under investigation.
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