Homer body believed to be missing Texas man
A body found outdoors in Homer last week appears to be that of a Texas man reported missing about a month ago, Alaska State Troopers said Tuesday.
Troopers told Kenai radio station KSRM Tuesday that the body was apparently 40-year-old John Griffith. The cause of death appeared to be self-inflicted.
Megan Peters, a troopers spokeswoman, said Homer police were initially informed of the body at about 3 p.m. Friday. She declined to say where in Homer the body was discovered, and Homer police didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.
Griffith was reported missing in the Anchor Point area after he was last seen in the early hours of Sept. 2 and didn’t show up for work that day.
In a joint investigation with police, Peters said, troopers determined that the body was believed to be Griffith based on his last known clothing and other items found at the scene. It wasn’t clear how long the remains had been at the Homer site, but troopers believed they had been there “since about the time he was reported missing.”
“The official cause of death is being determined by the (state) medical examiner’s office but we do not suspect foul play,” Peters wrote in an email.
The remains are undergoing an autopsy to positively determine their identity, Peters said.