Troopers investigate connection between Fort Yukon deaths

Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2003

FORT YUKON (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers said Tuesday they are investigating a connection between a weekend fatality and a suicide in Fort Yukon.

Calvin James, 49, of Fort Yukon was found dead early Saturday morning, apparently struck by a snowmachine. The unidentified driver fled the scene.

During the course of their investigation, officers found a red polaris snowmachine, located behind a home, that had collision damage. While troopers were at the home, the homeowner entered and found a handwritten note written by Albert Carroll, 22. Troopers would not disclose the contents of the note but said it indicated Carroll was distraught.

Troopers followed a set of footprints leading into the woods and found Carroll dead of a single gunshot wound to the head.

Troopers are not saying if Carroll was responsible for James' death. Trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson said that, while the incidents appear to be connected, they cannot confirm that at this time. The investigation is continuing.

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