Thursday, May 23, 2013
Stolen Backpack Leads To Murder, Police Say
Suspects arrested in Albright missing person case.
The body of a person believed to be Harvey "Charley" Albright was located by Anchorage Police Detectives late in the evening of 8-31-10 along the bank of a river outside of Anchorage.
Two suspects have been charged in this homicide, Philip Floor, a 24 year old Chugiak resident, and Carl Leedom, a 23 year old Eagle River resident. There is a warrant in effect for the arrest of a 3rd suspect, Kennith Upton, a 23 year old Eagle River resident.
All are charged with Murder in the 2nd degree, and Evidence Tampering.
Detectives believe that Albright, who was reported missing on 8-25-10, stole a backpack belonging to Leedom which contained cash and other items. Witnesses told police that Leedom threatened to kill Albright if he did not return the backpack. Witnesses also told police that on the night of 8-24-10, Leedom confronted Albright about the theft while at Upton's home in Eagle River where the two were spending the night.
They also said that early on 8-25-10, Leedom invited Floor to the Upton residence where they beat Albright (who was sleeping on the couch) severely to "teach him a lesson." Awakened by the noise of the beating, Upton assisted in the beating. Leedom then began pistol whipping Albright who stopped breathing as a result of the beating.
Floor and Upton began performing CPR in an effort to revive him. Albright remained unconscious and witnesses did not know if he began breathing again or not.
Leedom told the others to put Albright's body into Floor's pick-up and Leedom and Floor drove out of Anchorage to the banks of a river and dumped Albright's body. Upton remained in his home where he attempted to clean the crime scene.
Detectives from APD's Homicide Unit are continuing this investigation. They received assistance from the Alaska State Troopers and the US Marshall's Office.