Second body found in burned car identified

Alaska State Troopers have identified the second of two bodies found Nov. 27 in a burned Ford Bronco near Soldotna.

The Alaska Medical Examiner’s office positively identified 39-year-old Soldotna resident Daniel Duck using medical records, according to an online troopers dispatch posted Wednesday.

Troopers found Duck’s body along with 52-year-old Joni Pearcy of Soldotna, who was identified in December, in the burnt car on Nov. 27 in a wooded area off Kalifornsky Beach Road.

Two Soldotna residents were reported missing on Nov. 20, according to an earlier dispatch report, and troopers reported they believed Duck and Pearcy were those missing residents when their bodies were first found.

The missing couple had last been seen on the night of Nov. 14.

A trooper was following up at a home in Soldotna where the missing pair were last reported to have been seen and conducting a search near the home when “a male came out of a wooded area and stated that he had found the Bronco with two bodies inside,” troopers wrote in a dispatch.

Investigation of the case in ongoing, according to Wednesday’s dispatch.


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