FAIRBANKS - A state Department of Transportation worker claims a California psychic led him to a crash site and possibly the body of a woman missing since Independence Day.
Travis Capps said he never believed the claims of psychics but figured he had nothing to lose after a month of fruitlessly searching for Carolyn Tyrrell, 68, of Wasilla.
Capps contacted Katherine Marie Jones, a psychic who lives near his mother's house outside Sacramento.
Jones told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner she wrote Tyrrell's name on a piece of paper, asked the Lord for assistance and spent 30 minutes concentrating on the images that entered her mind.
She told Capps the missing woman would be found dead on an east-facing slope near a boat launch. She also described seeing an eagle.
Capps discovered the crash scene Friday, about 17 miles from Eagle Summit.
It was not immediately known when the body would be positively identified, Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Megan Peters said Monday.
Alaska State Troopers said the vehicle that went off the road near 90 Mile Steese Highway is an SUV registered to Tyrrell.
Capps said he jotted down the information provided by the psychic and showed Alaska state Troopers the note that led him to the crash scene Friday.
"They kind of looked at me like I was weird," he said.
Trooper Sgt. Rick Roberts remained skeptical of Capps' claim. He said he was only aware that a transportation worker found the crash site while driving past it.
Capps acknowledged that some of the things Jones told him were a little off. For example, the psychic said the body might be miles from the SUV, but it turned out to be only 50 feet away.
Still, Capps credits her with leading him to the crash site.
"It's kind of creepy," Capps said. "It sure made me think differently about these things."