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Troopers address alleged incidents on Chena Hot Springs Road, currently no evidence of abductions

Published: Jun. 29, 2021 at 6:03 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Alaska State Troopers have commented on recent social media reports of alleged abductions taking place on Chena Hot Springs Road near Fairbanks, Alaska. Captain Eric Spitzer said they have received reports of two incidents and are conducting an investigation. Spitzer said at this time there is no evidence that anyone was abducted.

In one incident he said the alleged victim had no recollection of the events surrounding the incident. He said they are still investigating the incident.

In another case Spitzer said someone called troopers to report a scantily clad woman walking along Chena Hot Springs Road.

“We didn’t find her, someone reported it, troopers attempted to interview her, and that person declined interviews with both troopers and EMS.”

He said both alleged incidents involved alcohol or drugs and both people involved were native women.

“Missing and murdered indigenous persons in Alaska, that’s a big thing,” Spitzer said. “We are aggressively pursuing this, we have increased patrols in that area. We are doing what I am doing right now, reaching out to the public and asking that people with information come forward and provide information to law enforcement.”

At this time he said nothing leads troopers to believe the events are connected or there is any sort of serial criminal.

He also cautioned against spreading rumors on social media, “It could cause a public panic. So far we have no information that leads us to believe that anyone has been abducted. This is no evidence of abduction at all.”

He likened it to calling fire in a theater and said, “I would tell you, if we had evidence of some type of serial rapist, or someone abducting anyone,” he said adding that they would want to get the information to their families also. But he said, “at this time we have no actual evidence that that is occurring.”

Spitzer also warned that posting to social media could harm the integrity of the investigation. He said the better thing to do is anytime someone notices suspicious activity to report it to troopers.

He encourages anyone who has information about the alleged incidents on Chena Hot Springs Road to contact troopers at 451-5100.

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