Missing Eagle River man’s body found in storage closet

Former wife discovers the body in a rental house a year later


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In a strange turn of events, missing Eagle River man Samuel Ephram McAlpine, 37 was found dead in his home on Meadow Creek Drive on March 31.

His body was discovered in a storage area beneath a stairwell.

Tenants had been renting the house for the past year.

According to Anchorage Police Department, no foul play is suspected.

McAlpine was last seen on March 17, 2013. He was reported missing on March 29.

Family members reported to police that he frequently disappeared for weeks at a time but typically made contact with family members within a month.

On the night of his disappearance he told his mother that he was going on a date.

According to police spokesperson Dani Myren, McAlpine was in the middle of a divorce at the time of his disappearance.

“They had separated and were trying to sell the house,” she said. “They elected to rent it out instead.”

New tenants moved into the house, located in the 1700 block of Meadow Creek Drive, around April 1 of last year.

Tenants rented the house for a year but Myren was unsure of their frequency of presence.

“The renters were two military individuals. They may not have spent a lot of time there,” she said.

The body wasn’t visible.

The smell, however, was quite palpable, according to Myren.

Which is how McAlpine’s body was finally discovered.

After the tenants moved out, McAlpine’s former wife was preparing the residence to rent it out again when she noticed a foul odor.

When she investigated, she discovered the body.

“The unusual part about it is that the tenants wouldn’t have detected it,” Myren said. “That certainly is the part that makes you go, huh, really?”

An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of McAlpine’s death.

Drugs and/or alcohol are suspected to be a factor but have yet to be substantiated, Myren said.

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