Bodies of two men found at Anchorage snow dump lot

Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police were investigating the deaths of two men whose bodies were found in a city snow dump lot Monday.

The men, found about 10 yards apart, appear to have frozen to death, police said.

A worker at a nearby office stepped outside for an afternoon cigarette and noticed a man lying in the snow dump lot below. He called 911.

Police and paramedics found the bodies of the two men.

Officers called for homicide detectives. Finding two bodies is ''very unusual. That's why, at this point, we're treating it as suspicious,'' Sgt. John Norsworthy said. However, he added, ''We don't see any trauma or anything that indicates foul play.''

Sgt. Ross Plummer, homicide detective supervisor, said the bodies would be extracted from the ice-coated lot and sent to the State Medical Examiner's Office for autopsies.

''It looked like it was an unfortunate accident, that they went to sleep and froze to death,'' Plummer told the Anchorage Daily News.

The men, who were not identified as of Monday evening, were found lying face-up at the base of a 20-foot-high pile of snow. They did not have anything covering them. Several footprints were visible in the snow around the two bodies.

A few empty vodka bottles were found on the snow pile, Plummer said, but it wasn't known if the men had drank from them.

Sunny, early spring days can be deadly, Norsworthy said. That's because people think it's warmer than it actually is. The low temperature Monday was 7 degrees.

''The weather is very deceptive because we have warm days and cold nights,'' he said. ''We do have a problem with hypothermia normally at this time of year.''

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