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ATV driver found dead near Seward after failed traffic stop by troopers

Tegan Hanlon

A 29-year-old man was found dead Saturday night at the bottom of a cliff near Seward following a failed traffic stop, said Alaska State Troopers.

Shortly before 10:30 p.m., a trooper attempted to pull over a man driving a four-wheeler near the intersection of Vinewood Lane and Bruno Road. The man, later identified as Patrick Wallace of Houston in Mat-Su, did not stop, troopers said.

Troopers from Soldotna, Cooper Landing and Crown Point responded. They found the four-wheeler abandoned but could not find Wallace, who was last seen near the Stoney Creek RV Park, troopers said.

At 11:27 p.m., campers at Stoney Creek called 911 and said they saw a man matching Wallace's description walking down a nearby hill.

"The male saw the campers and left the area on foot again," troopers said.

Troopers and a canine searched the area for about 30 minutes before finding Wallace's body at the bottom of a 100-foot cliff. He was pronounced dead on scene. 

The State Medical Examiner's Office has requested Wallace's body be sent to Anchorage for an autopsy, troopers said.