Troopers say man's death marks city's 35th homicide
Alaska State Troopers say they've determined a homicide they're investigating actually occurred in Anchorage -- which would put the city's annual homicide count at 35 -- a record.
The body of an Anchorage man was found near Jim Creek in the Mat-Su on Dec. 2. The victim was identified by troopers as 36-year-old Weston Gladney.
“The death is being investigated as a homicide,” troopers said in their initial reporting. “Gladney was found deceased by a person recreating on a trail near Sullivan Avenue and Caudill Road.”
Monday, AST spokesperson, Tim DeSpain, said investigators now believe Gladney was killed in Anchorage but wouldn't elaborate further as to why.
If investigators are correct, it marks a grim milestone for Anchorage: there have been 35 homicides in the city this year, surpassing 2016 -- so far-- by one death.
Gladney's body was taken to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Anchorage for an autopsy.