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Body found near Anchorage trail

Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) A young girl walking with her family found the body of a man under a footbridge at an Anchorage trail, police said.

The man was believed to be homeless and appeared to be in his late 40s or early 50s. Police spokeswoman Anita Shell said police had a tentative identity of the man but would not release the name until positively confirmed.

No foul play is suspected.

Police were notified about the body shortly before 2 p.m. Monday, said Sgt. Mike Couturier. The girl spotted the man when she went down to a creek to collect some rocks, Couturier said.

Police found the man facedown in the water.

The man still had his watch, jacket, hat and money with him, Couturier said.

Police believe the man went under the footbridge earlier in the day to escape the rain and somehow fell into the creek, Shell said.

The site known as the Chester Creek greenbelt is peppered with homeless camps. The woods along the trails are dense and close to downtown, where most of the services for homeless people are.



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