Body found in woods; no foul play suspected

Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2005

Police have requested an autopsy for a 37-year-old man who was found dead in the woods near Trout Street in the Juneau International Airport area Tuesday.

The Juneau man, identified as Robert Lyel Frank, was found shortly after 11 a.m. Tuesday, when police received a report of a possible dead body in the woods.

Sgt. Kevin Siska said no foul play is suspected as police continue their investigation.

"He hadn't been there long," Siska said, although there was no indication Wednesday of how long Frank had been dead or what led to his death.

Frank was not reported missing to police, and there was no indication when he was last seen.

His relatives and Alaska Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Franc Fallico were notified, police reported.

Sgt. David Campbell said Tuesday the police investigate all unattended deaths. Many, such as a man who was found dead in his Mendenhall Valley home Tuesday, do not require an autopsy to rule out the need to investigate them as possible crimes.

Fallico said he works with police and state troopers to determine if an autopsy is needed as part of their investigation, based on available evidence.



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