Alaska police find 3 bodies on ship, cite controlled substances as possible contributing factor

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Three people in Juneau, Alaska, were found dead in three days aboard a ship anchored offshore, police said Saturday.

The Juneau Police Department said a 34-year-old woman reported Wednesday that she found her 51-year-old friend dead aboard the Dusky Rock. His body was sent to Anchorage for an autopsy.

Two days later, police received a report of another death on the ship, which was still anchored off Savikko Park, known locally as Sandy Beach.

Authorities found two women dead on board, including the 34-year-old woman who had reported her friend dead days earlier. The other woman was 28 years old. Both women were residents of Juneau. Their bodies were also sent to Anchorage for autopsies.

Nobody else was on the boat. Firefighters checked for noxious fumes but found none. They towed the ship to Aurora Harbor.

Police said the use of controlled substances may have contributed to the deaths.

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