- Associated Press - Thursday, February 23, 2017

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - State public safety officials have concluded that the deaths of two people near Soldotna in November were accidental.

The bodies of 39-year-old Daniel Duck and 52-year-old Joni Pearcy were found in a burned sport utility vehicle.

The Soldotna residents were last seen Nov. 14 and reported missing Nov. 20.

An Alaska State Trooper on Nov. 27 was investigating at a home where they had last been seen. A man stepped out of nearby woods and said he had found two bodies in the SUV.

The burned SUV was in a wooded area off a trail.

Troopers announced Wednesday that impairment and the inhalation of carbon monoxide were factors in the deaths.

Troopers, the state medical examiner, the state fire marshal and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives investigated.

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