Update: Anchorage police ID Campbell Airstrip Road homicide victim
Last updated at 10:25 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 23
Anchorage police have identified the man found dead in the area of Campbell Airstrip Road Monday as 22-year-old Michael Miquann Mitchell.
Next of kin have been notified and his death is actively being investigated as a homicide, police wrote in an updated release. No arrests have been made in the investigation.
A road near a popular Anchorage trailhead is closed Monday morning as the Anchorage Police Department investigates a death in the area. Anchorage police Sgt. Slawomir Markiewicz said the incident has been ruled a homicide.
Markiewicz provided few details immediately, citing the early stages of the investigation, but said the victim is male. Markiewicz would not immediately comment on the cause of death.
Loran Baxter, who lives a few hundred yards away from where the body was found, said he heard “several” gun shots around 8:25 a.m. The body was discovered around 8:30 a.m. on Campbell Airstrip Road near the Basher Trailhead by a driver, Markiewicz said.
Lucia Tieva, a woman who lives in Stuckagain Heights, told KTVA she was taking her grandson to school when she encountered two cars stopped on Basher Road. They had called 911 about the body and were waiting for police.
“He was laying on his back. There [was] a trail of blood” leading to his head, she explained. “I stopped the car. I said, ‘Do you want me to go get my husband? Because he’s a physician. And I also have my son visiting who’s also a doctor.’ They said, ‘No, we’re calling 911’.”
Devon Jacokes was among the first to come across the body. She described the victim as a man around 20 years old with dark skin. She said it looked like he had been shot in the head.
Anyone with information on the incident is being urged to call Anchorage police at 907-786-8900.
This is a developing story; please check back for updates.
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