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Police investigating death of motorcyclist near downtown Anchorage as homicide

Police say a motorcyclist found dead in the road near downtown Anchorage late Tuesday was killed, and not in a hit-and-run.

Investigators are looking for the person or people they believe chased the man down in an SUV sometime before his death.

Police said a 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe stolen from the Port of Anchorage sometime between 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and midnight Wednesday chased the driver of the green and white motorcycle.

Officers found the motorcyclist dead in the road on southbound Minnesota Drive near 15th Avenue just before midnight, police said. His identity will not be released until his family are identified.

It’s not clear how exactly the man died or what his injuries were, according to police.

The suspect or suspects continued southbound on Minnesota and exited at Hillcrest Drive, ultimately abandoning the Chevy Tahoe at Lyn Ary Park in the Turnagain neighborhood, police said.

The SUV apparently dragged the motorcycle south on Minnesota, police said, and was shown on traffic cam footage streaming sparks and smoke, KTVA reported.

On the Hillcrest offramp, the SUV stopped and the motorcycle was apparently removed from the undercarriage.

Investigators are looking for anyone with information, especially surveillance footage, about anything suspicious that happened at the Port of Alaska between 6:30 p.m. and midnight; near the intersection of Minnesota Drive/L Street and 15th Avenue between 11:30 p.m. and midnight; or in the Turnagain neighborhood near Lyn Ary Park between midnight and 12:30 a.m.

Police asked anyone with information to call dispatch at 311. To remain anonymous, call 907-561-STOP.

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