Suspicious Soldotna deaths under investigation

Alaska law enforcement officials are investigating two suspicious deaths in Soldotna. According to a Alaska State Trooper dispatch posted Monday, two burned bodies were found in a burned-out Ford Bronco that was located off a trail near a Soldotna residence.

On November 20, two people were reported missing at the Trooper post in Soldotna. The two were known to drive a Ford Bronco and had not been seen since November 14.

The remains were found Sunday night, as Troopers were following up on the missing persons case at the residence where the two were last seen.

Troopers say the remains are thought to be of the missing people. Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters said the bodies are being examined by the state medical examiner for positive identification and cause of death.

The Alaska Bureau of Investigations has joined the investigation.

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