Cause of death for Soldotna woman still unknown

Officials have released few additional details about the death of Soldotna resident Yvonne Anderson, whose body was found in the woods on Saturday.

Anderson, 45, was reported missing on Christmas Day after she walked away from a vehicle into the woods near mile 4 of the Kenai Spur Highway on Christmas Eve.

Troopers wrote in an online dispatch that she had an argument with a family member before leaving the vehicle.

The cause of death is still unknown, but troopers do not think it was suspicious, said Alaska State Troopers Public Information Officer Megan Peters.

“This was a case of delayed reporting,” Peters said, adding that the person who reported Anderson missing on Christmas Day was under the impression they had to wait a certain amount of time to do so.

“In Alaska that’s not true. We tell people if they’re concerned about it, report it.”

Troopers began looking for Anderson the same day she was reported missing and found her body at about 3:55 a.m. on Dec. 26.

“It was really quick,” Peters said. “They responded out there after it was reported to us and they looked around and they found her.”

The death was reported in an online trooper dispatch three days later on Dec. 29.

“The investigators waited until after the autopsy to release the posted information to see if the death was suspicious,” Peters wrote in an email. “If something is suspicious, it may factor into what information to release.”

Peters said members of the Alaska Bureau of Investigations have declined to comment any further on the case since the investigation is ongoing pending the final results of a toxicology test, which will determine the cause of death. These tests can take up to several weeks to be completed, Peters said.

Reach Megan Pacer at

More in News

Kenai City Manager Paul Ostrander speaks at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Kenai Municipal Airport on Friday, Aug. 6, 2021 in Kenai, Alaska. A kiosk that will offer educational programming and interpretive products about the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is coming to the airport. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsua Clarion)
Wildlife refuge kiosk coming to airport

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge stickers, T-shirts, magnets, travel stamps and enamel pins will be available.

This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. (CDC)
5 more COVID deaths reported

The total nationwide fatalities surpass population of Alaska.

Velda Geller fills goodie bags at the Kenai Senior Center on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021 for next weekend’s drive-through trick-or-treat event. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
‘This has been a lifesaver’

Seniors seek human connection as pandemic continues.

Kenai City Hall on Feb. 20, 2020, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
‘A very slippery slope that we need to be careful of’

Approval of library grant postponed after Kenai council requests to preview book purchases

This undated photo released by the Alaska State Department of Public Safety shows Robin Pelkey just before her 18th birthday. The remains of a woman known for 37 years only as Horseshoe Harriet, one of 17 victims of a notorious Alaska serial killer, have been identified through DNA profiling as Robin Pelkey, authorities said Friday, Oct. 22, 2021. (Alaska State Department of Public Safety via AP)
DNA match IDs serial killer’s victim after 37 years

Robin Pelkey was 19 and living on the streets of Anchorage when she was killed by Robert Hansen in the early 1980s, investigators said.

A moose is photographed in Kalifornsky, Alaska, in July 2020. (Peninsula Clarion file)
Illegal moose harvest down from past 5 years

The large majority of moose this year were harvested from North and South Kasilof River areas.

Renee Behymer and Katelyn Behymer (right) of Anchorage win this week’s vaccine lottery college scholarship sweepstakes. (Photo provided)
Dillingham and Anchorage residents win 6th vaccine lottery

“Get it done,” one winner said. “Protect us all, protect our elders and our grandchildren.”

Most Read