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Troopers Investigating Death on Belanger Pass Trail

Published On: Aug 06 2014 06:48:21 AM AKDT   Updated On: Jul 17 2014 06:20:00 AM AKDT

Alaska State Troopers are investigating the events that led up to the discovery of a deceased male on the Belanger Pass trail approximately 13 miles north of Eureka.

Troopers can surmise at this point that the male, later identified as Ben Hopper, 65, of Valdez, lost control of his four-wheeler while making a steep descent. According to Troopers, the four-wheeler then began to somersault down the hill before coming to a rest at the base of the incline, pinning Hopper underneath. It’s still unclear if the fall itself was the cause of Hopper's death.

Troopers responded to the area aboard Helo 3 and located the overturned four-wheeler at “a remote portion of the trail” around 7:49 p.m., according to an official report.

Troopers report the body was transported aboard Helo 3 to the road for transfer to a medical examiner’s office for autopsy.

Editor's note: Alaska State Troopers have corrected the location of the incident from Dillinger Pass, as initially reported in an AST dispatch, to Belanger Pass.

This is a developing story. Check back with as more details become available.