Bethel PD releases information about man’s death

by Angela Denning-Barnes on January 31, 2013

Bethel police released information on Kenneth Anvil who was found dead Jan. 13. The 23-year-old from Bethel could be the latest victim of exposure as he was found in a steam bath on 7th Avenue.

Bethel Police did not release information on the incident until Jan. 28. In a written statement, police say there is no official cause of death at this time. The body was sent into Anchorage for an autopsy and police are waiting for those results so they can get an official cause of death.

Police were called about the incident on Jan. 13. Officers and medics responded to the location and pronounced Anvil dead at the scene. There were no obvious signs of trauma and there is no suspicion of foul play.

Anvil is the third person to die from possible exposure in Bethel over the past two months:

*48-year-old Norbert Kashatok was found in an unheated building Dec. 4.
*60-year-old June Swope was found in an unheated building Dec. 7.
*23-year-old Kenneth Anvil in a steam bath building Jan. 13.

However, the weather in Bethel this winter hasn’t been any colder than usual. Temperatures have been normal, according to Bill Whittern with Bethel’s National Weather Service. The only thing a little abnormal has been the amount of stormy weather which has caused a bit more wind but no extra precipitation, he says.

Bethel police Chief Larry Elarton did not immediately return a request for an interview.

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