Three Kasilof residents killed in two accidents

Aug 9, 2019

        Sunday was an exceptionally bad day for residents of Kasilof. Three of its own were killed in two separate outdoor accidents.

Mid Sunday afternoon the Alaska State Troopers were called to the Kasilof River, where two men were found dead about a mile upstream from the river mouth.

They were identified as Harold Andrew Crossett, 57, and Reuben Arthur Kimball Sr., 64, both of Kasilof. The trooper dispatch reports the two men went canoeing on the river earlier in the day, but neither wore a life preserver, and both appeared to have drown in the river. No foul play is suspected.

Meanwhile on the same Sunday, north of Palmer, troopers received a report of a hiker who fell on a Hatcher Pass glacier to her death. The hiker was identified as 57-year-old Leslie Lahndt of Kasilof. According to the troopers, Lahndt, her daughter and a friend were crossing Penny Royal Glacier when the accident happened. Lahndt slid several hundred yards down the glacier to rocks below.

When her daughter and friend were able to reach her, they discovered she had been killed by the fall.

A trooper helicopter tried to respond that night but poor weather prevented them from reaching Lahndt. Her body was finally recovered on Wednesday by the troopers and members of the Alaska Mountain Rescue Group.