AST: Mother 'decapitated'; son accused of murder at North Pole home
A Fairbanks man stands accused of killing his mother after she was found "decapitated" Sunday at a North Pole home, authorities say.
Alaska State Troopers said in an online dispatch that Travis Reed, 33, was arrested on a first-degree murder charge in the death of 59-year-old North Pole resident Vivian Osborne.
A family member had asked troopers to conduct a welfare check on Osborne, who he hadn’t heard from since they talked on the phone Friday. During that call, Reed was under the influence of methamphetamine; Osborne mentioned that he knocked her glasses off, so she threatened to kick him out of the house, according to charging documents. After asking the family member not to call police, she said she would call back but never did. The family member attempted to call her back but the phones either went to voicemail or didn't work at all.
Troopers arrived at the home just after 1:40 p.m. Sunday.
“Vehicles were parked in the driveway, however troopers were unable to make contact with anyone at the door or see inside the residence,” troopers wrote. “Entry was made into the residence and a female was found deceased from an apparent homicide.”
When troopers found Osborne’s body, it had "numerous puncture wounds and had been decapitated," according to charging documents. Troopers also found lots of broken glass and sharp items around the house including kitchen utensils.
Reed was found inside a locked bedroom at the home. Charging documents say he was nude and had what appeared to be bloodstains on his feet. Reed told investigators his mother was a "werewolf" and since he was "the father of the universe, he had to do it." He had minor injuries to his chest neck and arms.
Reed is known for having an extensive drug history and mental health issues, the court document said.
He was remanded to the Fairbanks Correctional Center.
Osborne’s body will undergo an autopsy at the state medical examiner’s office in Anchorage.
Court records show Reed was arraigned Monday afternoon in Fairbanks, where a public defender was appointed to represent him.
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