Two Men with Y-K Delta Roots Die in Anchorage

by Daysha Eaton on June 3, 2014

Medics found Richard Rivers at the Holiday at Debar and Boniface on May 30th and Jesse Gunlik Jr. was found  nearby on June 1st.

Medics found Richard Rivers at the Holiday at Debar and Boniface on May 30th and Jesse Gunlik Jr. was found nearby on June 1st.

Two men from the Y-K Delta died in Anchorage this past week.

33-year-old Richard Rivers, originally from Hooper Bay, reportedly died at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage on May 30th after medics found him at laying down at the entrance of a gas station in east Anchorage. They transported him to the hospital where he died.

Rivers’ body was then transported to the State Medical Examiners office.

Family members say his body will be returned to Hooper Bay Thursday.

43-year-old Jesse Gunlik Jr. originally from Kipnuk was discovered in the woods approximately 100 yards north of the gas station June 1st, just after noon.

Two bottles of blue fluid were found near the body, according to a police report. Police say one bottle was empty and the one that was full contained windshield wiper fluid.

The body was taken into custody by the medical examiner to determine the cause of death. There were no immediate signs of foul play.

Full autopsies and toxicology screenings were performed on both bodies. Results could take six to eight weeks.

Gunlik and Rivers were reportedly friends. It’s not known whether the deaths are connected.

 

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