Murder #33: Dead woman in stolen vehicle, sixth homicide in seven days


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A body was found inside a vehicle parked in the 500 block of Sitka Street on Thursday morning. Officers with the patrol division responded to a dispatch report and located a dead female inside a grey 2008 Mazda 6, which had been reported stolen from 2000 East 3rd Ave. on Nov. 4, 2019.

The body, which has sustained trauma, was transported to the Medical Examiner to determine cause of death. The identity of the woman was released Saturday evening: Lanycha Zimmer, who has family ties to the Palmer area.

This is the 33rd homicide in Anchorage in 2019, the 34th actual homicide death, and the sixth homicide in the past seven days. The record for homicides in Anchorage was set in 2017 with 37