Hunter finds body on trail near Wasilla

Zaz Hollander

A squirrel hunter on Sunday morning found a man's body on a trail near Jess Road near Wasilla, state troopers said.

The body is the fourth found in the Valley this month. None appear connected, troopers say.

The Jess Road body appears to be that of a man between 35 and 40 years old, troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said. Troopers found no immediate signs of what caused the man's death, she said. The State Medical Examiner Office is conducting an autopsy.

"It looks like the body was there for a couple of weeks," Peters said.

Jess Road backs up on undeveloped tracts off Vine Road, about halfway between the Parks Highway and Knik-Goose Bay Road.

Three other bodies turned up in the Mat-Su in the span of a week earlier this month.

A person walking a dog near Moose Creek between Palmer and Sutton found a man's body on Oct. 11, troopers said earlier this month. Troopers believe they know that person's identity but are waiting for autopsy results to confirm it. A vehicle belonging to a man wanted on an outstanding felony warrant was found in the area in August.

Peters declined to provide more information about the warrant.

Troopers have already identified two other men found dead in early October.

Shane Pickens, 41, was found in a garden shed Wasilla Oct. 4. Daniel Razo, 59, of Anchorage was found in a ditch near Big Lake on Oct. 6. Foul play was not suspected in those deaths, troopers said at the time.

Reach Zaz Hollander at or 257-4317.