Police ID dead body as that of missing airman

Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 08:53
Clinton Reeves, 24, was last seen alive on April 19 after leaving work on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Police said Thursday, May 10, that Reeves' body had been found Tuesday, May 8, alongside Golden Eagle Drive in Eagle River.

The Anchorage Police Department said today that a body found the day before near Golden Eagle Drive in Eagle River is that of missing airman Clinton Reeves, 24.

The senior airman was last seen April 19 leaving work at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

A fellow airman, James Thomas, 24, was arraigned on Wednesday in connection with Reeves' death and charged with six counts of evidence tampering. No murder charges have been filed against anyone, and police have not released how they believe Reeves was murdered.

On April 30, police announced they had found Reeves' rented red Dodge Avenger abandoned in northeast Anchorage, and that APD homicide detectives had taken over the missing person investigation. 

Police later said they believed foul play was involved, though they could not immediately comment on why.

Parker said three women out for a walk discovered Reeves’ body lying next to the scenic mountainside road on Tuesday.

“It was up just below the tower there,” Parker said.

Skyline Drive becomes Golden Eagle Drive shortly before the top of the steep, windy, road. It's both a residential road and popular with hikers, who use it to access Mount Baldy's scenic views of Eagle River, Anchorage and beyond.

Parker said detectives with APD and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations continue to investigate the case.

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