UPDATE: Troopers identify body found in ditch off Parks Hwy, now a homicide case

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HOUSTON, Alaska (KTUU) - Nov. 6, 9:00 a.m. Update:

The case of the dead man found off the side of the Parks Highway is now being investigated as a homicide investigation, according to the Alaska State Troopers.

Patrick McMullen, 32, of Wasilla, was identified early Monday by investigators, who now believe his death to be intentional.

In statements provided to KTUU by Troopers, McMullen was found dead on an ATV trail that ran alongside the highway. Nearby, his vehicle was found parked in a pullout at milepost 59.

Megan Peters, a spokesperson with AST, said that, "Due to the ongoing investigation we are not releasing his cause of death." Troopers are moving on this investigation, and asking anyone who was in that area of the Parks Highway on the night of November 1 to contact them.

Anyone who "may have seen any vehicles at the pull out or anything suspicious in the area," are asked to contact AST.

This is a developing story and will be updated with more information as it becomes available.

Original Story:

A man was spotted in a ditch by a driver on Thursday, and authorities say he was declared dead on the scene shortly after.

He was seen in a ditch near milepost 59 of the Parks Highway in Houston just before 9 a.m.

"Someone driving by happened to notice the man and called it in," said Megan Peters, spokesperson with the Alaska State Troopers.

The man has not yet been identified as his next of kin need to be informed of his death before troopers can release that information. His age and cause of death are also not known at this time.

Troopers confirmed his death and say that the State Medical Examiner is conducting an autopsy.

The investigation into how the man died and how he wound up in the ditch is still underway.