Carbon monoxide a factor in Soldotna deaths

The deaths of two Soldotna residents found in a burned truck in November have been ruled accidental.

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According to an Alaska State Trooper dispatch released Wednesday, the toxicology report shows carbon monoxide inhalation and impairment were factors in the deaths.

The deceased, 39-year-old Daniel Duck and 52-year-old Joni Pearcy, both of Soldotna, were reported missing on Nov. 20.

Troopers located the two bodies a week later in a wooded area near where they were last seen in burned Ford Bronco. The State Medical Examiner’s office positively identified both individuals in December.

Alaska State Troopers, the State Medical Examiner’s Office, the State Fire Marshal and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives contributed to the investigation.

Shahla Farzan is a reporter with KBBI - Homer.

Shahla first caught the radio bug as a world music host for WMHC, the oldest college radio station operated exclusively by women. Before coming to KBBI, she worked at Capital Public Radio in Sacramento and as a science writer for the California Environmental Legacy Project. She is currently completing her Ph.D in ecology at the University of California-Davis, where she studies native bees.

When she's not producing audio stories, you can find Shahla beachcombing or buried in a good book.

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