Trooper Report Week of October 30th thru November 5th 2022 - P.O.W. Report

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Trooper Report Week of October 30th thru November 5th 2022


Location: Edna Bay

Type: Death Investigation

Dispatch Text:

On 11/1/2022 at approximately 1040 hours, Alaska State Troopers received a report of a death in Edna Bay. Troopers responded and investigation revealed Jim Lee Widmeyer, age 72 of Edna Bay, was deceased. Foul play is not suspected. The family took possession of the remains. Next of kin has been notified.

Location: Hydaburg

Type: DV Assault 4

Dispatch Text:

On 11/01/2022 at approximately 2157 hours, Alaska State Troopers received a report of a DV assault between Sebastian Bowker, age 32 of Hydaburg, and a family member. Troopers responded and investigation revealed Bowker punched the family member. Bowker was arrested for DV assault in the 4th degree and remanded to Craig jail with no bail.

Around the State: 

Location: Kipnuk

Type: Trooper Response

Dispatch Text:

On October 28, 2022, at 4:00 pm, Alaska State Troopers were contacted by the Lower Kuskokwim School District reporting that the school principal had locked herself in her office at the school after Kipnuk Tribal Police attempted to take her into custody by serving a banishment order for unknown reasons. It was reported that local community members and Kipnuk Tribal Police Officers were inside the school as well as LKSD teacher housing searching for the school principal. Alaska State Troopers attempted to contact Kipnuk Tribal Police and Tribal leadership by telephone without success. The Kipnuk Tribal Police Department did not contact AST at any point. Troopers were unable to respond due to the lack of availability of aircraft.  Troopers and the school district were in contact with the school principal who was able to return to her residence, where she remained for the night.

On October 29, 2022, at 1:15 pm, Alaska State Troopers arrived in Kipnuk.  Upon arrival Kipnuk Tribal representatives and Tribal Police Officers had blocked the boardwalk from the airport to the village.  Troopers were advised the Tribe was not allowing access to the village.  Alaska State Troopers were able to deescalate the situation and travel to the school.  Troopers met with the principal and school staff to determine what was happening.  Troopers were able to determine that no crimes had been committed and worked with the school district to facilitate assisting those that wanted to leave the village in doing so. The principal along with other school staff chose to leave and were flown out of the village on two aircraft chartered by the school district. No threats were made towards Troopers or school district staff.  The District Attorney’s Office has been notified of the events; no criminal charges have been filed at this time.

Questions about the status of the school should be directed to the Lower Kuskokwim School District at 907-543-4800.

Questions about the actions of the Tribe or TPOs should be directed to the Kipnuk Tribe or Tribal Police Department.

Location: Whittier

Type: Search and Rescue

Dispatch Text:

On October 30, 2022, at 10:32 am, the Alaska Wildlife Troopers were notified that a group of hunters had encountered unsafe sea conditions near Whittier and could not safely travel back to Whittier. The three adult male hunters were not equipped to wait out the poor weather conditions and had already spent one night on a beach before contacting Troopers. The marine forecast for Prince William Sound called for deteriorating conditions. At 12:55 pm, DPS HELO 3  responded and safely transported all three men to Whittier. They declined medical treatment.

Location: Soldotna

Type: Wanted Person

Dispatch Text:

UPDATE: October 31, 2022. Due to an alert citizen calling Alaska State Troopers in Soldotna, the Ford Expedition was located off Funny River Road.  Ronald Beyering’s whereabouts is still unknown. Troopers continue to follow up on any leads as they come in.  Alaska State Troopers appreciate the public’s continued assistance with this case. Anyone that sees Beyering should not approach him as he is still considered armed and dangerous but should immediately call Soldotna Dispatch Center at (907) 262-4453 or 911.

Photo of Ronald Dean Beyering

UPDATE: October 17, 2022, Alaska State Troopers are continuing the search for Ronald Dean Beyering using air and ground assets. His location is still unknown at this time. Beyering may be driving a maroon 2008 Ford expedition with Alaska license plate FLV-670. AST is continuing to request public assistance in locating Beyering. Anyone that sees Beyering should not approach him as he is considered armed and dangerous but should immediately call Soldotna Dispatch Center at (907) 262-4453 or 911.

On October 15, 2022, at 11:58 pm, Alaska State Troopers received a report of a residence on Lourdes Avenue off Funny River Road in Soldotna fully ingulfed in flames. The occupants were able to escape the residence. Ronald Dean Beyering, age 62 of Soldotna, was seen leaving the property of the residence. Alaska State Troopers were granted an arrest warrant for Beyering and are actively searching for him and asking the public for assistance in locating him. Anyone that sees Beyering should not approach him as he is considered armed and dangerous but should immediately call Soldotna Dispatch Center at (907) 262-4453 or 911.

Location: Palmer

Type: Fugitive from justice

Dispatch Text:

On 11-01-22, at 1406 hours, Troopers assigned to BHP conducted a traffic stop on a black Oldsmobile sedan on Blueberry Ave in Palmer for a moving and equipment violation.  The driver was identified as Colten A. Upchurch, age 22, of Texas.  During the contact Colten was determined to have active felony arrest warrant out of the State of Texas that was fully extraditable.   Colten was placed under arrest for the warrant out of Texas.  Also, during the contact, a concealable handgun was recovered, and further charges are expected at a later date for being a felon in possession.  Colten was remanded to Mat-Su Pretrial pending extradition to Texas.   

Location: Wasilla

Type: Kidnapping / Assault Investigation

Dispatch Text:

Update 11/4: On November 3, 2022, at around 6:35 pm, the Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on 49-year-old Wasilla resident David Wayne Anderson in the Wasilla area. Anderson was suspected in the kidnapping and assault of a juvenile female that occurred on November 2, 2022, in the Wasilla area. After being interviewed by Trooper Investigators, Anderson was remanded without incident to Mat-Su Pretrial on charges of Attempted Murder, Kidnapping, Sexual Assault, Sexual Abuse of a Minor, Assault, and Tampering with Physical Evidence. The Alaska State Troopers would like to thank the FBI, Joint Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team (J-CARD), and the dozens of Alaska State Trooper Investigators and Troopers from across Southcentral Alaska that contributed to the investigation and arrest of Anderson. The investigation into the incident is still ongoing, and additional charges may be forwarded.

Original: On November 2nd, 2022, at around 4:30 pm, the Alaska State Troopers received a 911 call that a teenage juvenile female was located in the area of Sunrise Road and Sitze Road in the Wasilla area by a good samaritan. The juvenile told Troopers that she was abducted by an unknown male near her home on Pamela Drive and Windflower Drive in Wasilla around 3:00 pm. During the abduction, the juvenile reported being assaulted by the male. The Alaska State Troopers, with the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, have initiated a full-scale investigation into the report and are following up on several leads today. Troopers do not have a suspect description at this time.


If you have surveillance video from your home or business from November 2, 2022, between 2:45 pm and 4:30 pm from this area, please contact the Alaska State Troopers at (907) 352-5401. If you have information that will aid in this investigation, you can contact investigators at (907) 352-5401 or remain anonymous by submitting a tip through the AKTips smartphone app or online at  

Location: Sitka

Type: Search and Rescue-Death Investigation

Dispatch Text:

On 11-4-22, at approximately 1700 hrs Troopers received a report that Mike Motti, age 76, from Sitka, was overdue from a hike up the Verstovia mountain trail. Using the “find my iPhone” location function, family members determined Motti was likely near the trail a short distance from his planned turn-around point. Sitka Mountain Rescue deployed search teams, and a helo from Air Station Sitka launched to assist with search efforts. At 1901 hours Motti was located deceased by searchers. USCG transported Motti’s remains to Sitka. No foul play is suspected. The Troopers would like to thank personnel from Sitka Mountain Rescue and Air Station Sitka for their assistance.  

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