Two found dead in a car near Eagle Summit

Fairbanks, Alaska (KINY) – On Wednesday at 5:54 pm, the Alaska State Troopers received a report that two adults had not arrived in Circle after departing Fairbanks earlier in the day.

The two had reportedly left in a vehicle on Tuesday.

The vehicle had been spotted stuck in snow at Eagle Summit on the Steese Highway earlier in the day, however, the person who spotted the vehicle was unable to stop to check on the vehicle due to extreme weather conditions in the area.

With the assistance of a Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) crew, an Alaska State Trooper responded to Eagle Summit and located the vehicle on Wednesday evening.

There were whiteout and blizzard conditions in the pass when the trooper and DOT&PF crew located the vehicle – winds were gusting to 60 miles per hour, and there were 10′ drifts on the roadway.

The Trooper broke the window on the vehicle and located the missing adults, both deceased, inside the vehicle.

The extreme weather conditions prevented the Trooper from safely recovering the bodies, so the vehicle was secured until they could safely be recovered.

Two other vehicles were assisted by DOT&PF crews that had run out of fuel or become stuck on the Steese Highway on Wednesday.

On Friday, weather conditions improved, allowing a DOT&PF crew, Troopers, and a tow truck to recover the vehicle and the bodies safely.

Both bodies and the vehicle were transported back to Fairbanks for identification and further investigation.

They will both be sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy.

No foul play is suspected at this time.

The identities of the deceased will be released pending positive identification and next of kin notifications.