Napaskiak Woman Charged with Murder of Uncle in Rural Community

Partial aerial view of Napaskiak. Image-State of Alaska
Partial aerial view of Napaskiak. Image-State of Alaska

Alaska State Troopers received a report of a deceased person in the community of Napaskiak early Saturday morning.

Troopers would fly to the community mid-morning on Saturday and conduct an investigation into he death of 28-year-old Napaskiak resident Matthew Beaver. The trooper investigation would reveal that Beaver had been drinking with his niece, 20-year-old Kayla Jacob of Napaskiak the night before.

Sometime during a night of drinking, troopers say that Jacob “killed Mathew after they had been drinking alcohol.” According to court documents, Jacob stabbed Beaver with a large knife. That knife was found near the body of Beaver when responders arrived at the scene.

According to troopers, Jacob confessed to stabbing Beaver with the knife when she was interviewed. She said she was angry at Beaver for a previous incident.

Jacobs was arrested and charged with Murder I later on Saturday. She was arraigned in Bethel Court on Sunday.

Beaver’s body was sent to the State Medical Examiner’s office in Anchorage for autopsy.

Napaskiak, with it population of approximately 400 people is located on the east bank of the Kuskokwim River approximately 7 miles to the southeast of the town of Bethel.