Police Identify Man Found Dead Near Poopdeck Trail

     Homer Police have identified the body of a man who was found dead near the Poopdeck Trail in Homer Sunday night. The death of 61-year-old Mark Matthews is still under investigation. 

     Homer Police Chief Mark Robl says Matthews’ body was found shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday night by two passers-by on the Poopdeck Trail, which runs from Pioneer Avenue in downtown Homer south to Hazel Street. 

     Robl says police consider the death “suspicious.” He says police are actively investigating the case. Not much is known about Matthews at this point in the investigation. Robl says he apparently moved to Homer sometime last fall and had a part-time job in the area. Robl does not know where Matthews came from prior to moving to Homer but he was carrying an Alaska identification card.

     Robl says investigators consider Matthews’ death “suspicious” but he would not say why, citing the ongoing investigation. He says he does know how long Matthews’ body had been there. It has since been sent to the state medical examiner’s office in Anchorage for forensic analysis.

     He described the investigation as “very active” and says Homer Police are currently looking for “people of interest” in the case.

     Police are also calling on the public for help. The non-emergency number for the Homer Police Department is 235-3150 and the number for CrimeStoppers is 1-800-478-4258.

     The area around the Poopdeck Trail near Hazel Street was sealed of as a crime scene Monday but has since been reopened.

     Robl expects to receive a report from the medical examiner in the next couple of days.