Troopers solve cold case homicide

    Wasilla, Alaska (KINY) - The disappearance of Daniel Buckwalter, 46, nearly five years ago has resulted in the arrest of an Alaska man on murder charges, Alaska State Troopers said.

    Jay Osmond Gardner, 55, of Wasilla was indicted by a Palmer grand jury on June 30 on charges of murder in the first degree, murder in the second degree, and tampering with evidence.

    Troopers said the found Buckwalter's remains underneath floorboards in Gardner's residence on April 6.

    Gardner had been arrested on March 25 at the Anchorage International Airport for an outstanding felony warrant for weapons misconduct.

    Troopers said Gardner intended to flee the state under an assumed identity.

    Buckwalter was first reported missing on August 12, 2015.  His vehicle was found abandoned in Houston.

    Troopers said they interviewed over 50 individuals, served over 30 search warrants and submitted over 30 pieces of forensic evidence to the Alaska Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory in an effort to solve the case.


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