Crime & Courts

Troopers seek information on killing of man found dead in a freezer near Tok

Alaska State Troopers are asking the public for information about the death of a man they say was found dead inside a freezer near Tok in April, which they now say was a homicide.

The remains of 67-year-old Michael Lynn Teffeteller of Anchorage were found in the partially buried freezer in the woods near Mile 112 of the Tok Cutoff Highway early on April 26, troopers said in an online statement. The area is a few miles from the Eagle Trail State Recreational Area and about 13 miles south of Tok. The freezer was about 100 feet into the woods from the roadway, troopers wrote.

On Tuesday, troopers publicly identified Teffeteller. Investigator Matthew Iverson said in a video that they had determined Teffeteller died by homicide.

Teffeteller was last known to be alive around 2018, Iverson said. Teffeteller was not listed on the state’s missing persons database Tuesday afternoon and troopers did not say if he had been considered a missing person before his remains were discovered.

Troopers did not provide additional information about the case Tuesday.

Iverson urged anyone with information about Teffeteller or his death to contact the troopers’ office in Fairbanks at 907-451-5100, submit a tip anonymously online or on the AKtips smartphone app, or to text the number 847411 with AKTIPS written before the message.