Hooper Bay woman dies from exposure

by Angela Denning-Barnes on October 22, 2012

A young Hooper Bay woman died after she apparently broke through ice while out walking. Alaska State Troopers conducted an investigation. They report that Panik Bell, age 20, of Hooper Bay was found in an open area near the docks of the village.

Troopers responded to Hooper Bay on Wednesday, October 17. It appears that Bell had been walking when she broke through ice, had become wet, and then succumbed to the elements. Conditions at the time were below freezing, with temperatures in the high 20’s and wind chills in the teens.

Bell’s body has been sent to the State Medical Examiner’s office in Anchorage for an autopsy. Her next of kin has been notified.

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