Alaska Railroad employee discovers body near downtown Anchorage
Anchorage police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found by railroad tracks near downtown Anchorage Sunday.
An Alaska Railroad employee spotted what they believed was a body between the train tracks and the water’s edge in the area of 12th Avenue and U Street, police Sgt. Shaun Henry explained. The company called police to report the incident Sunday afternoon.
“They took us out to where they saw it, and sure enough, it was a body,” Henry said. “Probably about 100 feet off the tracks between the tracks and the inlet.”
Henry said the cause of death was not immediately clear, but that nothing stood out that made it seem suspicious. The time of the man’s death was also not known, according to Henry.
“I couldn’t tell you a timeline except that it was covered in a good amount of snow, so at least a couple of snowfalls,” he said.
The state medical examiner’s office has taken custody of the body and will perform an autopsy.
Henry said police did not find any form of identification and so have not been able to confirm the man’s name.
This is a developing story; please check back for updates as they become available.
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