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Man charged with murder in death of person found in burned SUV in East Anchorage

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: November 23, 2019
  • Published November 22, 2019

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Update, 8:55 p.m. Friday: A man was arrested and charged with murder in the death of another person found in a burned SUV in East Anchorage earlier in the day, police said.

Trevor Babcock, 42, was taken into custody Friday morning for questioning, and “he was determined to be the suspect in this homicide investigation and was subsequently arrested,” police wrote in an online alert Friday night.

Babcock was being held at the Anchorage Jail on charges that included second-degree murder, arson and tampering with evidence, police said.

The person found dead in the vehicle had not been identified as of Friday night.

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Original story: Firefighters who extinguished a blaze in an SUV early Friday in East Anchorage found a body inside, police said.

“The death is considered suspicious in nature,” police said in an online alert.

Police and fire crews responded to reports of a vehicle fire around 12:45 a.m. in a residential area near 22nd Avenue and More Street, not far from Cheney Lake Park. They found a full-size, light-colored SUV ablaze.

After the fire was out, firefighters discovered the body inside, according to the alert.

Because of the condition of the body, police were working with the state medical examiner to make a determination of the victim’s identity, gender and cause of death, according to APD spokesman MJ Thim.

Police asked anyone with information related to the incident or surveillance video of the area spanning late Thursday to early Friday to call 311 or, for anonymity, Crime Stoppers at 907-561-7867.