2 bodies found in burned Ford Bronco in Soldotna

Two bodies found in a burned vehicle in Soldotna Sunday may be a pair of people recently reported missing in the area, Alaska State Troopers said.

An online dispatch posted Monday said the remains were discovered during a follow-up visit to a Soldotna-area home where the missing individuals — not named in the dispatch — had last been seen overnight on Nov. 14.

Troopers said the two people were reported missing to officers at the troopers' Soldotna post on Nov. 20, along with a Ford Bronco they usually drove. Troopers spoke with their known associates, but were unable to locate them.

"On (Sunday) while a trooper was following up at the residence the individuals were known to be last, a male came out of a wooded area and stated that he had found the Bronco with two bodies inside," troopers wrote. "The trooper on scene located the vehicle in a wooded area off of a trail. The vehicle had been burned along with the two bodies."

Members of the Alaska Bureau of Investigation were called to the scene.
"The bodies are believed to be of the missing persons however positive identification has not been made yet," troopers said.

Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said she could not provide additional information Monday. She declined to identify the people reported missing, pending positive identification of the bodies from the Bronco by the State Medical Examiner.

"The investigators are declining to provide additional information at this point in time," she said.

Chris Klint

Chris Klint is a former ADN reporter who covered breaking news.