Police identify man found dead at Fairbanks transient camp

Posted: Wednesday, June 25, 2003

FAIRBANKS (AP) Fairbanks police have identified the man who died at a transient camp near the Richardson Highway on Sunday.

He was George Lane Tuckfield, 48, of Point Lay.

Bert P. Coates, 26, was charged Monday with second-degree murder in connection with Tuckfield's death.

Fairbanks Detective Randy Coffey said Tuckfield died of blunt force trauma to the head and neck.

Coates reported finding Tuckfield's body on Fort Wainwright land near the first highway overpass on the highway.

Coates first told police that he had spent Saturday night at a motel and returned to the camp Sunday to find Tuckfield dead. Later, Coates told police that Tuckfield had touched him inappropriately.

Coffey said Coates told investigators he felt that he had been sexually abused by Tuckfield, whom Coates called ''Uncle George.'' Coffey said the two were related, but he was unsure how.

Coates told police he knocked Tuckfield down and stomped on his head and face three or four times, then sat on his face, documents said.

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