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Hit and run now considered homicide

A hit-and-run resulting in a dead man and his downed motorcycle in the southbound lane of Minnesota Parkway at 15th Avenue is now being investigated as a homicide. Police aren’t saying much, but are asking the public for help.

In the original investigation, police said a stolen 2004 Chevy Tahoe was chasing a white and green motorcycle. The driver of the motorcycle was found dead on on the Minnesota Parkway, and the suspect vehicle continued south and exited at Hillcrest Drive. The Tahoe was later found abandoned in the Turnagain area near Lynn Ary Park. Police say the vehicle had been stolen from the Port of Anchorage on Tuesday night.

Detectives are asking witnesses to come forward with any information and are looking for surveillance video from these places and times:

  1. Port of Alaska on Tuesday between 6:30 p.m. and midnight.
  2. Area of Minnesota Parkway/L Street/15th Avenue on Tuesday between 11:30 p.m. and midnight.
  3. Turnagain area near Lynn-Ary Park between Wednesday morning midnight and 12:30 a.m.

A traffic camera shows the Tahoe dragging the motorcycle for a distance.

Anyone with information, including surveillance video, should call Dispatch at 311, or to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 907-561-STOP.

By MustReadAlaska‘s count, this makes the 19th homicide in Anchorage this year.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Crime in Anchorage, just like the flood of people entering the US along the southern border, is a made-up crisis… Right Ethan? Right Matt?

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