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Anchorage Woman Dies from Cold Exposure

Published On: Dec 29 2013 11:01:27 AM AKST   Updated On: Dec 29 2013 12:48:10 PM AKST

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A woman was found dead in Mountain View from cold exposure the morning of Saturday, Dec. 28.

Phyllis Ayaprun, 57, was pronounced dead in a wooded area  near Commercial Drive and Rampart Drive.

Anchorage Police Department responded to a report at 7:30 a.m. of an unresponsive female and found Ayaprun.

Officers were told the woman was drinking alcohol the night before.

"When you consume alcohol and you lose your judgment ability," said APD spokesperson Jennifer Castro, "you run the risk of dying."

Foul play is not suspected, and next of kin have been notified.

Castro said officers patrol areas like the stretch of woods near Commercial Drive -- which is known to occasionally have tents and makeshift encampments -- whenever there is a cold alert.

But an alert only kicks in when the weather dips to zero degrees or colder, and the night before Ayaprun was found, the temperature lingered around 14 degrees, according to National Weather Service data.

"You can still die when it's 17 above zero," Castro said. "We want anybody and everybody to find some sort of shelter when it gets cold so this won't happen."