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No foul play suspected in death of 69-year-old Anchorage man on trail near Palmer

UPDATE Oct. 23:

The remains have been identified by the state medical examiner’s office as William Ohlmacher, 69, of Anchorage. “No foul play is suspected,” Alaska State Troopers said.

Ohlmacher was found with hiking gear a distance up the Pioneer Peak Trail, well above tree line and at about 5,000 feet, troopers spokesman Ken Marsh said. He had not been reported missing.

Original story:

A hiker discovered human remains on a Palmer trail Saturday, the Alaska State Troopers said.

At 11:29 a.m. a person hiking the Pioneer Peak trail south of Palmer off Knik River Road found the remains, according to a statement from troopers.

The troopers did not describe the state of the remains or answer questions on Sunday about any possible identifying features. It was also not clear where on the rugged, vertical trail the remains were found.

The remains were recovered and sent to the state medical examiner in Anchorage for possible identification, the AST said in a statement.


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