Body found near Resurrection Trail is identified

Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state medical examiner has identified the body of a man found by hunters on Sunday near the Resurrection Trail.

The body is that of James Jarret Miller, 39, of Anchorage, who was reported missing last September. Miller died from self-inflicted asphyxiation, Alaska State Troopers said Wednesday.

The hunters found the body in thick brush about a mile and a half from the trail head.

Troopers and about 30 volunteers searched for Miller for two days in October, after his car was found in the parking lot at the U.S. Forest Service parking area for the Resurrection Trailhead out of Hope.

There was suspicion at the time that Miller was suicidal and friends continued looking for him along the trail after the official search was suspended on Oct. 13.

Doug Merritt of Fort Richardson, who was one of the hunters who found the body, said at the time it appeared the man killed himself by fastening a piece of nylon strapping around his neck and to a tree, then leaning into it, using his weight to asphyxiate himself.



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