ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Thursday, Anchorage Police confirmed the body found Tuesday afternoon in a ravine along Golden Eagle Dr. in Eagle River is that of missing JBER Senior Airman Clinton Reeves. Reeves mother, Judy Davis, also confirmed the news to Channel 2 late Wednesday evening.
APD said they made the official notifications to Reeves' family earlier on Wednesday, but wanted Reeves' fellow airman to receive the news from their chain of command, before APD made an announcement to the public.
Lt. Dave Parker with the Anchorage Police Department said it took a day to make a positive identification because investigators had trouble matching Reeves' fingerprints to a confirmed record.
While the U.S. government keeps DNA records for all military members, Parker said it no longer keeps fingerprints for every military member on record. Parker said the FBI helped find a record of Reeves' fingerprints for comparison, though he said he didn't know what that record was.