Police release names of dead homeless men

Posted: Thursday, June 11, 2009

ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police have released the names of two homeless men found dead.

Forty-year-old Edwin Wheeler and 53-year-old Joseph Ferreira were found dead in the city's Fairview section last week.

That brings the number of bodies of dead men found outdoors in Anchorage to six over the past month.

Ferreira, who originally was from Kotzebue, was found June 3 outside an apartment building.

Police said a resident saw him apparently intoxicated and when she returned an hour later, he had stopped breathing and blood was coming from his mouth.

Two days earlier, Wheeler's body was found near another apartment building.

Police said a woman found the Bethel resident lying on the ground near a picnic table with alcohol bottles and cans nearby.

Police said none of the six men had any signs of trauma.

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