Death considered suspicious in Nikiski leads to arrest

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - A Nikiski resident was found dead Tuesday, a further investigation lead troopers to believe the death was suspicious.

    State Troopers were asked Tuesday evening at 9:02 pm to conduct a welfare check at a residence in Nikiski.

    When Troopers arrived they located 49-year-old Nikiski resident Jeryl Bates deceased inside of the residence.

    According to troopers, evidence at the residence suggested that the death was suspicious in nature.

    Investigators from the Alaska Bureau of Investigation Soldotna Major Crimes Unit responded to the scene as well as crime scene technicians from the Alaska Crime Lab.

    Based on the results of their investigation Troopers arrested 20-year-old Nikiski resident River Aspelund and he was remanded to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on charges of Murder in the First Degree and Tampering with Physical Evidence.

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