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Troopers identify two bodies found in the Valley

Zaz Hollander

WASILLA -- Alaska State Troopers have identified two men found dead earlier this month in the Valley as a Palmer man wanted on a felony warrant for pornography charges and a Wasilla man who left the home of a court-ordered custodian.

The bodies -- and two more found earlier this month -- are not connected in any way, authorities say.

A body found near Moose Creek on Oct. 11 was identified as Palmer resident Brendon Twitchell, according to troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters. Twitchell would have turned 24 at the end of September.

Twitchell, who was wanted on a felony warrant for charges of possession and distribution of child pornography, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Peters said. Troopers had already tentatively identified the body because Twitchell's vehicle was found nearby in mid-August, but waited for confirmation from the state medical examiner before releasing his name.

A different body found by a squirrel hunter Sunday morning on an ATV trail near Vine Road outside Wasilla was identified as Jeffery A. Davis, troopers said.

The 50-year-old Wasilla man walked away from the home of a court-ordered custodian earlier this month, Peters said. The home is about a quarter mile from where Davis was found.

Someone called troopers on Tuesday to say the body was likely Davis, she said. The medical examiner confirmed his identity using fingerprints as well as tattoos.

Davis, jailed on charges stemming from a June domestic-violence assault and protective order violation, was released on Sept. 27 to the third-party custodian on $5,000 bail, according to a state courts database.

The custodian on Oct. 1 reported that Davis walked away from the house, Peters said. Troopers did a welfare check at that time but didn't consider Davis missing, she said.

Davis failed to appear for a court hearing on Oct. 11, according to the database.

No foul play is suspected in his death, troopers said. An autopsy confirmed there was no trauma to the body.

Troopers earlier this month identified two other men found separately within a week near Big Lake and Wasilla.

The body of Shane Pickens was found in the backyard of a home near Wasilla on Oct. 4 after going missing for about a month. A relative said Pickens was 42 at the time of his death; authorities had said he was 41. He was staying in a garden shed on the property where he was found.

Daniel Razo, 59, of Anchorage was found in a ditch at the end of a driveway near Big Lake on Oct. 6. Foul play was not suspected in either death.

Reach Zaz Hollander at or 257-4317.