Troopers: Nikiski woman dead of natural causes

  • By Kelly Sullivan
  • Friday, November 13, 2015 5:42pm
  • News

Alaska State Troopers are waiting for results from the autopsy on Sharon Eileen Berghone, who was found dead near her Nikiski home Thursday, before ruling out foul play.

However, Berghone’s daughter, Stephanie Davis, said the family had received word from the State Medical Examiner that “it was an accidental natural death, no foul play suspected, she died of natural causes.”

Davis said right now they are waiting for more information before making any plans.

“We are having her cremated, and we will know more about memorial service at her home church, next week very possibly, (at the ) Nikiski New Hope Christian Fellowship,” Davis said. “Possibly by next week she will coming home to us.”

As of Friday afternoon the troopers had not heard the update from the examiner.

Captain Andy Greenstreet, commander of the troopers’ E Detachment, which covers the Kenai Peninsula, said he did not have a timeline for when the State Medical Examiner will complete the autopsy.

There were no physical marks on the outside of her body, Greenstreet said. Berghone’s family has been very cooperative in aiding the trooper’s investigation, and no other evidence to has been found indicate anything out of the ordinary occurred, he said.

Greenstreet said there is a possibility Berghone may have wandered outside and become disoriented.

“I am not prepared to say we have ruled out (foul play) completely,” Greenstreet said. “You never know what an autopsy will show.”

Previous information from troopers suggested foul play had already been ruled out.

Alaska State Troopers Public Information Officer Beth Ipsen wrote “the investigation has progressed far enough to rule out the suspicion of foul play in connection to Sharon’s death,” in a Thursday email to the Clarion.

“We are doing as can be expected, we just trying to get stuff together and do the best we can,” Davis said.

 

Reach Kelly Sullivan at kelly.sullivan@peninsulaclarion.com.

More in News

A sign warning of a June 28, 2021, bear attack is placed at the head of the Kenai River Trail on Skilak Loop Road in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on June 30, 2021. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)
Federal wildlife officers seek information about early-May black bear poaching

Officials think the poaching happened near the east entrance of Skilak Loop roughly 2 miles from Jims’ Landing

Alaska State Troopers logo.
Ninilchik woman dead after Tuesday collision

The woman was attempting to cross the Sterling Highway from Oil Well Road when she was struck by a pickup truck

Graduates listen to Connections Homeschool Principal Doug Hayman speak during the school’s commencement ceremony on Thursday in Soldotna. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Graduates listen to Connections Homeschool Principal Doug Hayman speak during the school’s commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 16, 2024 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
‘Expect a lot from yourself and from others’

Connections Homeschool students accept diplomas at commencement ceremony

Screenshot
Graduates of Seward High School leave the gym at the end of their graduation ceremony on Wednesday.
‘Give people something to talk about’

Seward High School graduates 30

Kenai Police Chief David Ross speaks to Kenai City Council members about an ordinance that would repeal sections of city code that prohibit public sleeping and loitering and the city’s curfew on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai OKs repeal of loitering laws, curfew for minors

The policies, first enacted in 1978, are difficult to enforce and potentially violate citizens’ rights, according to the Kenai Police Department

Nikiski Middle/High School graduates throw their caps into the air at the conclusion of a graduation ceremony in the school’s gym in Nikiski, Alaska, on Wednesday, May 15, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Nikiski graduates ‘will always be a part of each other’s stories’

The graduates celebrated their time together and took a moment to anticipate the bright futures that lie ahead

A seal pup rescued from near Kenai beach is treated by the Alaska SeaLife Center’s Wildlife Response Program on May 9, 2024. (Photo courtesy Kaiti Grant/Alaska SeaLife Center)
SeaLife Center admits abandoned harbor seal pups

Both seals were found abandoned and malnourished, and both were born prematurely

Caitlin Babcock, left, and other graduates enter Soldotna High School’s commencement ceremony on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Soldotna sends off more than 140 graduates at Tuesday commencement

More than 140 students stepped off the Soldotna High School graduation stage… Continue reading

Most Read