Autopsy indicates Anchorage man died of an accident

Posted: Wednesday, May 29, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A homeless man found dead Sunday morning died accidentally, police said Tuesday.

Based on an autopsy and interviews, police said, it appears Phillip Jacobs, 48, suffered a fatal wound to his head when he fell near a Subway restaurant in east Anchorage. An employee of Burger King across the street found Jacobs at about 7:30 a.m.

Police at first thought someone had killed Jacobs. The Burger King had been burglarized the same morning.

Detective Phil Brown said initial speculation was that Jacobs might have seen the burglars and been killed by them.

However, a newspaper carrier told police he saw Jacobs wandering around the Northway Mall parking lot as officers investigated the burglary. A Burger King manager said she saw Jacobs alive about 6:15 a.m.

Brown said autopsy results showed that injuries to Jacobs' brain indicate his head was moving and struck something such as the curb or some big rocks near the Subway.

Jacobs had no defensive wounds that might have indicated he was fighting off an attacker.

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