Remains of missing Eielson sergeant found

Posted: Thursday, June 06, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An Army archaeological team has recovered the remains of an Eielson Air Force Base sergeant missing since mid-August.

The remains of Steven Hockers were found about noon Tuesday in a heavily wooded area about four miles east of Eielson near the Manchu Trail on Fort Wainwright Army Post.

Hockers had hunted in the area for the last three years and was known as an avid outdoorsman.

Hockers' wife reported his disappearance after he did not return home after leaving on an all-terrain vehicle Aug. 17.

Hockers left the house carrying a .44-caliber revolver but not much else.

More than a hundred people assisted by dogs and aircraft searched an 800-square-mile area around and on Eielson.

Foul play is not suspected. The state medical examiner will perform an autopsy.

Hockers was a 15-year-veteran and a member of the 354th Fighter Wing's supply squadron.

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