Inmate found dead at Eagle River women's jail


by Your Alaska Link News Team

A 24-year-old inmate at a women's prison has been found dead in her cell.

The Alaska Bureau of Investigations Major Crimes Unit announced Monday that the inmate was found dead last Thursday in her cell at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center in Eagle River.

Correctional officers found Amanda Kernak of Kokhanok unresponsive during a routine security check at 1:35 a.m.

A release says lifesaving efforts weren't successful.

Authorities say no foul play is suspected, and the State Medical Examiner's Office took custody of the body. Her next-of-kin have been notified.

A Department of Corrections spokeswoman says Alaska State Troopers are investigating Kernak's death.