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Teenage Suspect Charged with Murder in Palmer Man's Death

Published On: Mar 13 2014 10:58:00 AM AKDT

Alaska State Troopers are investigating after a Palmer man was found dead in a reported shooting along the Glenn Highway.


Alaska State Troopers say a teenage suspect in the death of a Palmer man whose body was found along the Glenn Highway overnight Wednesday has been charged with first-degree murder.

According to an AST dispatch late Thursday, 17-year-old Palmer resident Jacob Allen Dvorak has been arrested in the death of Frank L. Pushruk, 45. Dvorak was remanded without bail to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility.

AST spokesperson Megan Peters confirmed that Dvorak had been arrested as an adult, but had no further details on the arrest late Thursday.

A Thursday morning AST dispatch says troopers were informed Wednesday evening just before midnight that someone had been reportedly shot and killed near Mile 52 of the Glenn Highway. The victim, later identified as Pushruk, "was located and confirmed to be deceased."

Details were sparse earlier Thursday, with Peters saying investigators were working to find out more.

"With no one being charged at this point in time, there's really not a lot of information we can put out," Peters said. "We need to look at the evidence. We need to let it lead us to where we need to go, and we don't like to tip our hand."

Pushruk's next of kin have been notified. Peters had said troopers were investigating the case as a homicide.

Troopers said Pushruk's family has been notified. His body will be taken to the State Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.

Channel 2's Dan Carpenter, Chris Klint and Mike Ross contributed information to this story.

Editor's note: Alaska State Troopers have clarified that Pushruk's cause of death has not been confirmed.