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Anchorage Police Department
Tuesday May 4th, 2021 :: 09:08 p.m. AKDT


Update: Eddie Thomas, Jr arrested in suspicious death investigation; 35000 blk Eklutna Lake Road

Update---5/4/21---9:10 p.m.:
Detectives have arrested Eddie Thomas, Jr.(36-years-old) in connection with this investigation. He was transported to the Anchorage Jail.
He faces multiple charges including Tampering with Physical Evidence, Misconduct Involving a Corpse and Violating Conditions of Release.
The victim’s cause of death is still under investigation.
Update---5/3/21---5:30 p.m.:
The victim has been identified as Jerilyn Nicholson (27-years-old).
Next of kin procedures have been completed.
She was reported missing on 4/30/21. For more information, click here:

The Medical Examiner will determine cause of death.

If you have any information about this investigation, including video, please call Dispatch at 311.

Original—5/1/21---8:15 p.m.:
On 5/1/2021 around 4pm, Dispatch received a report of body in the 35000 block of Eklutna Lake Road. Officers with the Patrol Division with assistance from the Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department and Anchorage Fire Department found the body at the base of a cliff.

Officers made observations at the scene that has warranted a closer look at the circumstances surrounding the death.
The body is an adult and has been transported to the Medical Examiner for further identification. The Medical Examiner will determine the cause of the death.
The victim’s identity will be released once next-of-kin notification procedures have been completed.
There will be a continued police presence in the area as the investigation continues. Please follow officers’ instructions if you are in the area.

APD Case 21-13650

Anchorage Police Department
716 W 4th Ave
Anchorage, AK 99501

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 907-786-8900

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