Anchorage woman found dead in RV after trooper standoff in Ninilchik

Troopers found an Anchorage woman dead on her property in Ninilchik after an hours-long standoff Saturday.

The woman, 58-year-old Kathy Vancleve, was found in her RV. Concerned family members had reported to troopers at about 10:53 a.m. Saturday that they thought Vancleve might be dead in the residence, according to an Alaska State Troopers dispatch report.

Troopers went to the property in Ninilchik and found the RV. There, they found another person was also inside the RV. That person was “not cooperative,” according to the dispatch, and a Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) from the troopers was also sent to the scene.

“Attempts to make verbal contact with the occupant of the RV continued to be unsuccessful,” troopers wrote in the dispatch.

Eventually troopers obtained a search warrant and were able to enter the RV. Megan Peters, public information officer for the troopers, said officers made contact at 7:39 p.m. She said troopers had arrived at the property shortly after 11 a.m.

“A man was located in the RV highly intoxicated,” troopers wrote. “A deceased female, later confirmed to be Kathy, was located in the RV as well.”

The man, who has not been identified, was taken to Central Peninsula Hospital for medical treatment “due to his level of intoxication,” according to the dispatch report.

The trooper’s Soldotna General Investigation Unit responded to the scene, and has taken over responsibility for the case. The dispatch reports the investigation is ongoing.

“I don’t have further details to release yet,” Peters wrote in an email.

Any further updates to the case will be posted to the online dispatches, she wrote.

This is a developing story. The Homer News will post more details as they become available.

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