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Nevada, Elk Grove Women Dead After Raft Capsizes During Guided Alaska River Trip

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(AP) - Authorities say one of two women killed in a rafting accident in Alaska's remote North Slope was from California, not Nevada as they previously reported.

The North Slope Borough identified the women as 69-year-old Cheryl Minnehan of Elk Grove, California, and 67-year-old Karen Todd of Sparks, Nevada. Borough officials earlier on Friday said that both women were from Nevada.

Officials say the raft was carrying at least 10 people when it capsized during a guided trip operated by Alaska Alpine Adventures. Calls seeking comment from the Anchorage-based company were not immediately returned Friday.

The borough's Department of Search and Rescue received a report Wednesday of two people missing after a boat capsized on the Kongakut River, about 75 miles south of Kaktovik.

Kaktovik is a small community on the Beaufort Sea, off Alaska's northern coast, about 625 miles north of Anchorage.

The borough and the Alaska Air National Guard safely recovered eight other people and took them to the community of Deadhorse. The guard found the bodies of the missing rafters Thursday.

The North Slope Police Department is investigating the deaths.