Investigators identify second of 2 bodies found inside burned vehicle near Soldotna

SOLDOTNA, Alaska (KTUU) - Investigators have identified the second of two dead bodies found last month inside the remains of a burned vehicle near Soldotna.

According to Alaska State Troopers, the first body was identified on Dec. 6 as that of 52-year-old Joni Pearcy of Soldotna. Troopers announced on Wednesday that the second body has been identified as that of 39-year-old Daniel Duck, also from Soldotna.

Pearcy and Duck were reported missing on Nov. 20th. They were last seen alive at a home in Soldotna on the night of Nov. 14. The Ford Bronco the two usually drove together had disappeared as well, troopers said.

“AST listed them as missing and followed up with associates and places they frequent however did not locate them,” troopers wrote in a dispatch posted online.

About a week after they were reported missing, a trooper went to follow up at the residence where Pearcy and Duck had last been seen. While there, the trooper was approached by a man who “came out of a wooded area stated that he had found the Bronco with two bodies inside.”

“The Trooper on scene located the vehicle in a wooded area off of a trail,” AST wrote. “The vehicle had been burned along with the two bodies. Alaska Bureau of Investigation was called out to the scene for further investigation.”

The two bodies, believed to Pearcy and Duck, were handed over to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy, where they were later positively identified.

Troopers say the two deaths are still being investigated.

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