Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Saturday, March 28, 2020

Any charges reported in these press releases are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

A Detachment

  • AK20021456

    Location: Ketchikan- Lunch Creek Trail
    Type: Search and Rescue- Missing Child

    Dispatch Text:

    Final Update: At approximately 1445 hours, ground searchers located Jaxson deceased and recovered his remains. Next of kin has been notified. AST would like to thank its partner agencies as well as the volunteer search and rescue personnel. 

    Update: Search efforts are ongoing for 5-year-old Jaxson Brown. Jaxson went out hiking with his mother, identified as Jennifer Treat, 36 of Ketchikan, on Wednesday (3-25-2020) afternoon. During the hike, the pair became disoriented and lost the trail. They spent the night together. In the morning, Treat left Jaxson to seek help on her own, as he was reportedly tired and didn’t want to hike anymore. In her rush to find help, Treat reportedly tripped on a root and significantly injured her leg. Treat was found the following day and search and rescue efforts immediately began for Jaxson. Currently, approximately 20 ground searchers are out. The USCG is flying one of its helicopters to support the search efforts. At this time, no additional volunteer searchers are needed. Additional untrained searchers may hamper efforts.

    Original Text: On 3-27-2020 at approximately 1036 hours, AST received a request to help search for a woman and a five-year child, identified as Jaxson Brown.  The woman’s vehicle was parked at Lunch Creek Trailhead in Ketchikan. A search was initiated and the woman was located alone approximately three miles up the trail with significant injuries to her leg. The search efforts are ongoing for Jaxson. Jaxson is a white male, approximately 4’ 2” and 70 pounds. He has blond hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a black jacket and camo pants. Anyone with information regarding Jaxson’s whereabouts are encouraged to contact Troopers in Ketchikan at 907-225-5118 or in the case of an emergency, dial 9-1-1.


    Posted on 3/27/2020 6:14:31 PM by DPS\mapeters . Edited on 3/28/2020 11:11:10 AM by DPS\mapeters

  • AK20021279

    Location: Anchor Point
    Type: DWLS, No Insurance

    Dispatch Text:

    On 03/26/2020 at 1914 hours, Troopers stopped a vehicle after recognizing the driver as Wayland Branstetter, 52 of Anchor Point, and knowing Branstetter did not have a valid license.  An investigation led to Branstetter being charged with driving with a suspended license and operating a vehicle without insurance.  Branstetter was issued summons to appear in court and released.

    Posted on 3/28/2020 4:19:54 PM by DPS\djcox

  • AK20021619

    Location: Homer
    Type: DWLR

    Dispatch Text:

    On 3/28/20 at 1210 hours, Troopers stopped a vehicle near mile 168 of the Sterling Highway for speeding.  An investigation showed the driver, John Wilson, 23 of Soldotna, was driving with a revoked license.  Wilson was issued a summons to appear and released.

    Posted on 3/28/2020 4:23:49 PM by DPS\djcox

B Detachment

  • AK20021414

    Location: Talkeetna
    Type: Burglary in the First Degree, Theft in the Second Degree

    Dispatch Text:

    On 03/27/20 at 1231 hours, Alaska State Troopers received a report that a travel trailer and shed, off Montana Creek Road in Talkeetna, was broken into and items were taken. Investigation revealed the travel trailer had been broken into sometime between late last summer and today. Two firearms were reported stolen. If you have information about this crime, please call the Alaska State Troopers at 907-354-5401

    Posted on 3/28/2020 6:54:55 AM by DPS\clyoder

  • AK20021396

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: Warrant Arrest

    Dispatch Text:

    On 03/27/2020, the Alaska State Troopers contacted 36-year-old Wasilla resident John Dommek at his residence on Tanana Drive. Dommek was arrested for an outstanding warrant related to case # 3PA-17-01285CR. He was remanded at MatSu Pretrial where he was held with time to serve.

    Posted on 3/28/2020 7:29:33 AM by DPS\jmkurth

C Detachment ...No news reported.

D Detachment

  • AK20021284

    Location: Fairbanks
    Type: MVC

    Dispatch Text:

    On 3/26/2020 at approximately 1905 hrs. Alaska State Troopers responded to Chena Hot Springs Road and Hillcrest Drive regarding a motor vehicle crash. Investigation revealed that Christopher Gordon, 27 YOA of Georgia, was driving westbound on Chena Hot Springs Road lost control due to icy conditions striking the guardrail.  Gordon stated he was wearing his seat belt at the time of the motor vehicle crash. Gordon did not report any injuries as a result of the crash. Gordon declined any medical treatment.

    Posted on 3/28/2020 1:49:01 AM by DPS\wgbednar

  • AK20021314

    Location: Fairbanks
    Type: VCOR

    Dispatch Text:

     On 3/27/2020 at approximately 0033 hrs.  Alaska State Troopers responded to the area of Wolf Run in Fairbanks in regards to loud subjects.  Troopers contacted Emily M. Henry-Hensel (32 YOA) of Fairbanks. Investigation revealed that Henry-Hensel had violated conditions of release not to consume alcohol.  Henry-Hensel was charged with two counts of Violating Conditions of Release and was remanded at the Fairbanks Correctional Center.

    Posted on 3/28/2020 1:56:36 AM by DPS\wgbednar

E Detachment ...No news reported.

Headquarters ...No news reported.

AK Wildlife Troopers

  • AK20021632

    Location: GMU25C - Central
    Type: Failure To Cancel Permit After Killing Big Game (Caribou)

    Dispatch Text:

    On 03/28/2020 at approximately 1231hours, a Fairbanks-based Alaska Wildlife Trooper contacted Andrew George, age 22 of Wasilla, after he killed a caribou during the AC999 permit hunt. Investigation revealed George did not validate his permit as required after killing a caribou. George was issued a citation with bail set at $170 in the Fairbanks District Court for the violation.

    Posted on 3/28/2020 6:12:49 PM by DPS\tdabbott

  • AK20021634

    Location: GMU25C - Central
    Type: Hunting w/o License in Possession (Correctable)

    Dispatch Text:

    On 03/28/2020 at approximately 1258hours, a Fairbanks-based Alaska Wildlife Trooper contacted Bryan Coffey, age 36 of Anchorage, during the AC999 caribou hunt. Investigation revealed Coffey did not have a valid hunting license in his possession while hunting. Coffey was issued a correctable citation with bail set at $270 in the Fairbanks District Court for the violation.

    Posted on 3/28/2020 6:18:58 PM by DPS\tdabbott

AK Bureau of Investigation ...No news reported.

AK Bureau of Highway Patrol ...No news reported.

AK Bureau of Judicial Services ...No news reported.

AK Div of Fire and Life Safety ...No news reported.