ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - OCT. 26 UPDATE: The death of a person whose body was found last month in the Mountain View woods does not appear to be suspicious or the result of foul play, according to preliminary autopsy results.
Police are investigating the discovery of a body near homeless camps off of Reeve Boulevard.
The age, gender and cause of death remain to be determined, said Anchorage Police Department spokesman MJ Thim.
“The first thing that they wanted to figure out was manner of death and whether this was a violent death," Thim said. "They’ve got that kind of ruled out.”
Police also believe that there was never a second body in the area. While a witness reported seeing two bodies over the span of several days -- see below -- Thim said the man likely saw the same body in different stages of decomposition.
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Anchorage police are investigating the discovery a body near homeless camps in Mountain View. The body was reported to police by KTUU Monday morning after a tipster said a body or bodies had been seen in the area.
The corpse is located in a wooded area, scattered with tents and debris, between Reeve Boulevard and Tyson Elementary School.
A man who said he first discovered the bodies had messaged KTUU's 2 Investigates email address reporting the discovery. He said he saw another body in the area last week.
The man said both bodies had vanished as of Friday. However, when a KTUU reporter visited the general area with the man Monday morning, human remains could be seen, including a skull, arm and clothing.
The KTUU reporter immediately called 911 and police arrived. The man who emailed us then walked with a responding officer and sergeant to the body location and police have asked people to avoid the area as the investigation continues.
This is an ongoing story. Check back for updates.