Crime & Courts

Police question ‘person of interest’ in Sand Lake homicide investigation

A man was found dead outside a South Anchorage business this week, and police have questioned a “person of interest” in what has since been classified as a homicide investigation.

Officers were called to the 3800 block of West Dimond Boulevard at 3:42 p.m. Tuesday and found 34-year-old Gregory Pitka dead, police said. They “made observations that warranted a closer look at the circumstances surrounding the death,” and police said Wednesday that the death was being considered a homicide.

A spokeswoman for the police department did not answer questions Friday about the investigation, including if Pitka had visible wounds when police arrived or how the “person of interest” had been identified.

No charges had been filed by Friday morning. Police on Friday afternoon identified Pitka as the homicide victim.

It was the second homicide in Sand Lake this week. Police found an injured man walking near West 88th Avenue and Molanary Drive on Sunday evening. He died from his wounds, and police classified the death as a homicide. No arrests had been made in the case by Friday.

Eighteen people have died by homicide in Anchorage this year so far.

Tess Williams

Tess Williams is a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News, focusing on breaking news. Before joining the ADN in 2019, she was a reporter for the Grand Forks Herald in North Dakota and previously helped cover the Nebraska Legislature for The Associated Press. Contact her at twilliams@adn.com.

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