Trooper Report Week of August 21st 2022 - P.O.W. Report

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Trooper Report Week of August 21st 2022


Location: Klawock

Type: Motor Vehicle Collision

Dispatch Text:

On 08-22-2022 at approximately 1700 hours, AST on Prince of Wales received a report of a single vehicle rollover where the driver was reported to be trapped underneath the vehicle near Bennet Creek in Klawock. EMS and AST arrived on the scene to find Dylan George, age 25 of Klawock, trapped underneath his 1993 Ford F-250. Klawock EMS borrowed a forklift from a nearby business to lift the vehicle and successfully extract Dylan to safety. Dylan was transported to the clinic in Klawock and then later airlifted to Anchorage due to the severity of his injuries. Investigation revealed Dylan was driving at an unsafe and excessive speed to the point where he lost control of the vehicle while attempting to negotiate a curve in the road. Drugs and alcohol are not considered factors at this time. Modified vehicle components and other equipment in disrepair on the vehicle are considered factors in addition to speed. AST would like to thank Klawock EMS for their quick reaction and resourcefulness during this call for service.

Across the State:

Location: Palmer

Type: SAR

Dispatch Text:

On August 20, 2022 at 8:00 pm, Alaska State Troopers received a 911 call from Ben Garritsen, age 33 of Utah, reporting he had become separated from a guided ATV tour group along the Knik River and his ATV was stuck in the mud. His coordinates placed him near the confluence of Friday Creek and the Knik River. The tour guide reported to AST that he was in contact with Garritsen and was attempting to locate him but ultimately requested AST’s assistance. At 12:43 am, the tour guide reported to AST that Garritsen stated his clothes were dry and he was seeking shelter under a tree. Ground search efforts were stalled due to high river levels. On the morning of August 21, 2022, Garritsen was located and transported by a Department of Public Safety helicopter back to the Knik River Public Use Area parking lot. He was uninjured and needed no further assistance.

Location: Kobuk River

Type: Death Investigation

Dispatch Text:

On August 19, 2022, at 12:27 pm, the Alaska State Troopers were notified of an overdue boat that failed to reach Noorvik. A 16’ Lund Skiff had departed Kotzebue on August 18, 2022, at 8 pm and was due in Noorvik by 10:00 pm, but the boat never arrived. The US Coast Guard and Northwest Arctic Borough launched a search and rescue effort for the overdue vessel. On August 19, 2022, at approximately 1:30 pm, the skiff was located overturned on the Kobuk River. The boat’s two occupants, 43-year-old Noorvik resident Henry Black and 40-year-old Noorvik resident Diane Coffin were both located deceased in the Kobuk River at approximately 7 pm on August 19. Next of kin have been notified, and the remains were sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office.

Location: Platinum

Type: Homicide

Dispatch Text:

On August 22, 2022 at 9:30 am, Alaska State Troopers received a report that Vincent Beaver, age 59 of Goodnews Bay, was found deceased in his residence in Platinum. Investigation by Alaska State Troopers determined that Nathan Small, age 22 of Platinum, shot Beaver. On August 22, 2022 at 5:00 pm, Nathan Small was arrested and transported to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Correctional Center in Bethel and was remanded for 1st Degree Murder. Beaver’s body has been sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy. Investigation is ongoing.  

Location: Knik River

Type: Search and Rescue

Dispatch Text:

UPDATE: On August 27, 2022 at 5:12 pm, Alaska State Troopers received a report that a pilot flying in the area of the Knik River in a private aircraft located what appeared to be a body in the water near Wolf Point. The Mat-Su Borough Water Rescue Team responded and located the body at approximately 7:30 pm. Alaska State Troopers and the State Medical Examiner’s Office responded and confirmed the recovered remains were that of Brian Lizer. The SME took possession of the body. Next of Kin was notified.

UPDATE: Friday August 26, 2022. The search for Brian Lizer will go forward as a limited, reactive search.  If new clues or information are reported to law enforcement, search efforts will be evaluated at that time.

UPDATE: On Wednesday August 24 and Thursday August 25, Troopers utilizing a Department of Public Safety helicopter, continued to search the Knik River downstream from where Brian Lizer was last seen entering the River. At this time there have been no new developments in this search.

On August 23, 2022, at approximately 6:00 pm, the Alaska State Troopers received a report of a missing boater approximately 3 miles downstream from the Knik Glacier. Alaska Wildlife Troopers responded to the area in HELO 5. Troopers learned that 46-year-old Brian Lizer was attempting to use a kayak to cross the Knik River to retrieve a boat that had drifted across the river. Shortly after leaving the shore, the kayak overturned, and Lizer was not seen again by individuals watching from shore; witnesses report that he was not wearing a PFD. Wildlife Troopers patrolled the river from HELO 5, and rescue divers from the Mat-Su Borough Emergency Services were staged in the area. Troopers searched the area for multiple hours and were only able to find his empty kayak. On August 24, 2022, DPS HELO 3 will deploy to continue to search the area from the air. High water levels and poor visibility are preventing the use of sonar or dive teams in the area.

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