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Body Found Near Eklutna Lake Was Homicide Victim, Troopers Say

March 22, 2012|By Chris Klint | Channel 2 News
  • Alaska State Troopers said Thursday that a body found Tuesday night near Eklutna Lake was that of Loy Suthammavong, 30. Suthammavong was reported missing in December, shortly before he was to begin serving a sentence on felony drug charges; his death is being considered a homicide.
Courtesy AST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A body found near Eklutna Lake Tuesday eveninghas been identified as that of a 30-year-old male homicide victim, according to Alaska State Troopers.

AST spokesperson Megan Peters says Loy Suthammavong was identified by state medical examiners. He was reported missing in December from his Houston home; a hiker on snowshoes found his body and called authorities at about 5 p.m. Tuesday.

“It is believed Suthammavong's death was a result of homicide,” Peters wrote in a statement Thursday.

Troopers began a search for Suthammavong Dec. 6 after being informed that his family hadn’t seen him since Dec. 2. Peters says investigators with the Anchorage Police Department, Anchorage Fire Department and the state Division of Fire and Life Safety subsequently determined that the Dec. 6 burning of a vehicle owned by Suthammavong, shortly before a missing-person notice was issued for him, was arson.

“From the onset, circumstances surrounding the apparent disappearance of Suthammavong (were) suspicious and resulted in investigators considering a variety of factors,” Peters wrote. “Among those factors, was knowledge that Suthammavong had recently been convicted and sentenced for two felony drug offenses and was to begin serving his sentence.”

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A felony contempt-of-court warrant was issued for Suthammavong’s arrest on Dec. 12, but troopers generated no further leads after speaking with his attorney. Many people troopers spoke with were worried about Suthammavong’s safety.

“Ongoing efforts since the beginning of the investigation on 12/06/11 (included) interviews with acquaintances and family members in Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley, with prevailing concerns that he had met with criminal violence of some sort,” Peters wrote.

According to Peters, troopers are still trying to determine what happened to Suthammavong. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call AST at 907-269-5611.

This is a developing story. Please check KTUU.com and the Channel 2 newscasts for updates.

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