Foul Play Suspected in Case of Missing Airman
Police have not identified body found Tuesday afternoon
ANCHORAGE/EAGLE RIVER - Foul play suspected. That is what Anchorage police are saying about the disappearance of 24-year-old Senior Airman Clinton Reeves, who’s been missing for two weeks now.
An hour after police released that information, they got a call about a body in Eagle River. But are the two cases connected?
It's news that has everybody on edge. And even though police have not identified the body or are saying why they think it's foul play, that's not helping Clinton Reeves’ family and friends, who are still holding out hope that he's alive.
It's the fear of the unknown that's driving those who love Clinton Reeves to not give up trying to find him. But an unidentified body was found Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. off the side of Golden Eagle Drive in Eagle River, just an hour before that APD released details about the Reeves’ investigation.
“They believe based on the evidence that Senior Airman Reeves was a victim of foul play,” said Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson spokesperson Major Joseph Coslett. “To what degree, we don't know.”
Now for Reeves' friends, family and coworkers fear has grown. “My heart's pretty broken right now,” said Shauna Semon, who has known Clinton since he arrived in Alaska. She says he was the perfect gentleman. “If it was raining outside, and there was a puddle and a lady was walking he would literally take his jacket off of himself put it over there and let the lady walk across it.” That’s part of why she took it hard when she found out he was missing. “I dropped to my knees and I just started praying,” said Semon. “Just praying that it’s not, I really hope it’s not him.”
So far, police are not connecting the body in Eagle River with Clinton's disappearance, but police say they are preparing the family for the worst. “That way hopefully we will be able to prepare them if this turns out to be him or if it’s not him then we'll have someone with him to let them know that,” said Lieutenant Dave Parker, who is a spokesperson with APD.
But those who know Clinton say, they're not ready to give up. They're praying their worst fears are not realized. “I still have hope, but there's something deep down that says it most likely could be,” said Semon.
“All the commanders, all the airmen on the base, we pray, we hope that for his safe return,” said Coslett.
Police say the medical examiner will have autopsy results on the Eagle River body as early as Wednesday morning, but they may not release the results right away.
Police are still asking the public for information about the disappearance of Clinton Reeves. If you saw him or anyone else driving his rented red Dodge Avenger two weeks ago, you're urged to call police at 786-8900 or Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP.