Troopers: Man killed on same street as Anchorage raid
Alaska State Troopers say a man whose body was found in the Mat-Su was apparently killed on the same south Anchorage street where police and troopers conducted a mysterious nighttime raid last week.
The revelation sheds new light on the raid, as well as a homicide investigation by troopers which began with 36-year-old Anchorage resident Weston Gladney’s body being found Dec. 2 near Jim Creek. His death has broken Anchorage’s previous homicide record of 34 killings, set just last year.
According to troopers spokesman Tim DeSpain, Gladney was killed at a home on the 1700 block of South Heather Meadows Loop. The location was listed in a spreadsheet overview of 2017’s 35 Anchorage homicides released Tuesday by APD.
Troopers and police had raided a residence on that street Wednesday evening, prompting area residents to post photos of the incident on the Anchorage Scanner Joe Facebook page. Members of that page had said APD’s crime-scene RV was at the scene that night.
“The investigation indicates that that is where the homicide took place,” DeSpain said.
DeSpain wouldn’t confirm a Nov. 27 date of death listed for Gladney in the APD spreadsheet. He also declined to discuss whether any suspects had been identified, or if the one person troopers said was arrested during the raid – 26-year-old Helen Them, held on an unrelated misdemeanor warrant – was cooperating with investigators.
“It’s an ongoing investigation,” DeSpain said. “It’s at that place in the investigation where we’re just not ready to put out any other updates.”
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