Canadian Mounties release sketch of hitchhiker sought in beating death

Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Canadian police released a composite sketch of a hitchhiker sought for questioning in the beating death of an Anchorage man found in British Columbia.

The man is not considered a suspect in the murder of James Hamrick, 74, said Constable Gary Godwin, of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Hamrick was found dead at a rest stop near Prince George, B.C. on Sept. 10. He was traveling to Arizona to visit his children at the time.

A witness told Alaska State Troopers the victim picked up the hitchhiker in Tok two days earlier.

Police found Hamrick's dark green Dodge 1995 camper pickup truck in Vancouver. He was believed the victim of a carjacking and robbery.

The hitchhiker is described as a white man in his 30s, about 6 feet tall, with a dark complexion, slender build and dark collar-length hair balding at the back. He also may have a beard.

Police were looking for witnesses who may have seen Hamrick as he traveled along the Alaska Highway and British Columbia 97, Godwin said.

Anyone with information is being asked to call the Prince George detachment at 1-250-561-3300.

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