Alaska man's death was 'purposefully staged' to look like suicide, investigators say

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Earlier this month, dispatchers with Alaska State Troopers received a report of a suicide in a tiny Alaska village. After investigating, however, it was determined that death was purposefully staged to look that way.

Troopers often get suicide calls from rural areas, as well as deaths related to natural causes or illness. However, after some investigation, officials are saying this death isn't what it was reported to be.

Deacon Evan, 66, of Stony River, was found dead just before midnight on May 2. The caller informed trooper dispatch about the death, saying at that time that they believed it was a suicide.

The next day, troopers from St. Mary's and Aniak arrived in Stony River, a small village of around 50 people. Troopers immediately knew something was wrong, stating in an online dispatch that "initial investigation showed that the death was suspicious in nature."

Owing to this, additional resources were requested, and a crime scene technician from Anchorage was called to assist along with officers from Fairbanks.

Those resources confirmed the initial doubts troopers had. "It was determined that the death was not a suicide and that it had been purposefully staged to appear as a suicide," troopers said in a dispatch report.

Following the investigation, troopers said a suspect has been developed and further investigation is pending into who that suspect is.

This is a developing story and will be updated when more details are available.

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