Alaska State Troopers from Homer recovered human remains from an alder patch Tuesday below the bluff at Mile 155 of the Sterling Highway in Anchor Point.
The remains have been tentatively identified as those of Charles H. Crocker, 60, of Anchor Point. Crocker was last seen in August 1998, and the remains are believed to be from that time.
Crocker reportedly told a friend he would never be seen again. A few days later the vehicle he was driving was found on the beach just north of Whiskey Gulch, about one mile from where his remains were located. A .44 magnum revolver also was located at the scene with one round missing.
The remains were discovered by a passerby on Monday and reported to the troopers. Initial investigation began on Monday evening but was halted due to darkness. It resumed Tuesday morning.
The remains have been sent to the state Medical Examiner's office in Anchorage. Suicide is believed to be the cause of death. Foul play is not suspected at this time.
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