Canadian authorities looking for hitchhiker in beating death

Posted: Tuesday, September 18, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Canadian authorities are looking for a hitchhiker in connection with the beating death of an Anchorage man last week at a rest stop south of Prince George, British Columbia.

Police believe that James Hamrick, 74, picked up a hitchhiker Sept. 8 in Tok on his way out of Alaska. His body was found at the remote Canadian rest stop, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Hamrick left Anchorage Sept. 8 and was traveling to the Lower 48 with his pet poodle, Muffy, in his pickup truck and camper, police said. He was headed to Arizona to visit his children. The truck later was found in Vancouver.

The hitchhiker is described as a white man between 30 and 40 years old, about 6 feet tall, with a slender build, dark complexion and dark hair. Anyone with information is being asked to call the Prince George detachment at 1-250-561-3300.

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