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Body found near missing JBER airman’s truck

By KTVA CBS 11 News 12:00 PM December 10, 2013

The body of 22-year-old Tanner Volkers was recovered Tuesday near the Basher Drive Trailhead.

Update, Wednesday 12:44 p.m.

Anchorage police have identified the body recovered Tuesday near the Basher Drive Trailhead as that of Tanner Volkers, 22. There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death, police said.

Volkers was originally from Idaho and was a firefighter with the U.S. Air Force at JBER for three years, his family said.

Update, Tuesday 4:25 p.m.

A man’s body was found about a half mile from the trailhead off Campbell Airstrip Road, according to police. He has not been identified.

Update, Tuesday 2:45 p.m.

Volkers’ vehicle was found by co-workers at the Basher Drive Trailhead off Campbell Airstrip Road, according to APD. A search team is looking for him.

Original story

ANCHORAGE – Police are asking for public help finding a Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson airman who disappeared three days ago.

Tanner Volkers, 22, was last seen Saturday evening when he took some of his belongings and left his East Anchorage residence, according to police. A statement from the Anchorage Police Department said a missing persons report was filed Sunday, but officers found nothing suspicious when they investigated Volkers’ residence.

The airman does have some health concerns, police said. He is known to frequent local trails including Flattop, Arctic Valley, Thunderbird Falls and Eagle River Nature Center, and is described as a white male, 5 feet 10 inches tall and 150 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Volkers drives a 2011 black Dodge truck, which is also missing.

Police ask anyone with information as to his whereabouts to call police dispatch at 907-786-8900.

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