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Police Identify Aylett Hanson, 31, as Victim in Spenard Homicide

Published On: Jan 24 2014 06:30:00 PM AKST   Updated On: Jan 24 2014 08:30:00 PM AKST

Reporter Rebecca Palsha/Photographer Rick Schleyer


The family of 31-year-old Aylett Hanson, the slain man police found in a Spenard-area parking lot, is urging the public to come forward with any information about his death.

He would have turned 32 on Sunday.

On Wednesday Hanson's family said he told his girlfriend he was going to run errands, but he never came home.

His sister, Melia Strickler, said she texted with him Wednesday morning about 11:20. She said her brother's feelings had been hurt by something their father had texted him, so she sent Hanson a message saying, "don't get your feelings hurt, just reach out to him."

That was the last communication between brother and sister who are described by the family as "very close."      

On Thursday Strickler said the family learned over Twitter that Anchorage Police found a body in Spenard. They rushed over to see if it was their brother.

Then they saw his car in the parking lot.

Police found him inside a vehicle in a business parking lot off the 2600 block of Spenard Road around 3:30 p.m. Thursday. The parking lot sits between West 26th and West 27th Avenues near the Bear Tooth Theater.

"We were very close," Strickler said, "I feel very empty right now. Having a hard time with it."

Police haven't said how Hanson died, and the family also doesn't know. They say he had no enemies and was very well liked.

He was known to go hiking and canoeing with his black cat, Ninja.     

Strickler says the cat has been agitated since her brother disappeared. She also says police have told her they have no leads.

Police say 31-year-old Aylett Hanson of Anchorage is the first homicide investigation of 2014

KTUU's Matthew Smith contributed information to this story.