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Man found dead following failed traffic stop

By KTVA CBS 11 News 7:36 AM July 7, 2014

An ATV rider who failed to yield to a Saturday night traffic stop outside Seward was later discovered, dead, at the bottom of a 100-foot cliff, according to Alaska State Troopers.

In a Sunday evening dispatch, AST said a trooper initially attempted to stop a mini four-wheeler near the intersection of Vinewood Lane and Bruno Road shortly before 10:30 a.m. The vehicle continued down the road, according to AST dispatch, prompting troopers from Cooper Landing, Soldotna and Crown Point to respond to the area to assist. Troopers eventually discovered the four-wheeler abandoned near Stoney Creek RV Park, impounded it and were in the process of bringing it to Crown Point when, just before 11:30, campers at the park called troopers to report seeing the male suspect in the area.

The people at the RV park told troopers a man matching the suspect’s description was spotted walking down a nearby hill, only to leave the area on foot after seeing the nearby campers.

According to AST dispatch, troopers and a canine named Scout searched the area for approximately 30 minutes before finding a man’s body at the bottom of a cliff. The man, identified as 29-year-old Houston resident Patrick Wallace, was declared dead at the scene by the Seward Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

The State Medical Examiner requested Wallace’s body be sent to Anchorage for an autopsy, troopers said.

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