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Second man found dead in Anchorage

Posted: Friday, January 12, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- For the second time in as many days a man was found dead in Anchorage Wednesday, apparently another victim of the cold weather.

The body of Joseph W. Friday, 51, was found by a passer-by near a bike trail just north of 15th Avenue and A Street about 11 a.m., Anchorage police said.

Friday was face down in the snow beside a bench that is partially obscured by low shrubs. Police spokesman Ron McGee said the body could have been there for several days.

The body ''is absolutely frozen stiff'' and could take as long as five days to thaw, enabling an autopsy, said state medical examiner Dr. Michael Propst.

The body found Tuesday night was slumped over on steps in an alley behind a Fourth Avenue jewelry store.

Both men likely died of hypothermia, the state medical examiner said.

Police know the identity of the man found Tuesday night but are withholding his name because they have not located any relatives, said McGee. An autopsy has been performed but authorities are awaiting toxicology results to verify the cause of death.

The dead man was a military veteran who often stayed at the Brother Francis Shelter, McGee said. Police were trying to find his next of kin by contacting the shelter and the U.S. Veterans Administration.



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