July 13, 2009

Eighth street death unnerves Anchorage

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A man’s body was found near an Anchorage park Sunday, the eighth death in the area since early May, reports Don Hunter of the Anchorage Daily News. So far, all the men have either been homeless or familiar with street life, and all have been found in parks, wooded trails or illegal camps. Police suspect alcohol and drug abuse played a part in most of the deaths. The latest man appears to have been beaten. A local man who found the body worries the deaths might involve gangs or people who don’t like Natives. The police are still waiting on an autopsy report for this man and toxicology reports on two men found earlier.

– Emily Linroth

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