Nikiski death still being investigated

Posted: Sunday, March 10, 2002

Investigation continues into the death of 61-year-old Nikiski airport mechanic, Gerald Sibley, who was found the morning of Jan. 4, dead on the floor of the Nikiski hangar where he lived and worked.

Alaska State Troopers confirmed at the time of his death that Sibley was shot during an apparent burglary. Tools and other items were later found to be missing from the hangar.

Sibley's family heard about the police cars out at his hangar, but said they didn't receive any official notice until later in the day.

"We found out from friends who saw all the vehicles out there and stopped to see what was going on," said Joan Hart, Sibley's ex-wife. "We didn't find out from an official source until we called the police that evening."

Sibley was born in Lansing, Mich., and lived in Alaska for 32 years.

Troopers based in Soldotna and troopers from the Criminal Investigation Bureau in Anchorage are conducting the investigation. Investigator James Truesdale, who is in charge of the investigation, refused to comment on the case. He said that he did not wish to compromise the integrity of the case by releasing any information.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Alaska State Troopers at 262-4453.

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