Press Release: Update-John Druck Wallis Investigation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 17, 2014

 

UPDATE: JOHN DRUCK WALLIS DEATH INVESTIGATION AND REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE

 

On January 5, 2013, John Druck Wallis passed away after receiving serious burns on January 1, 2013, while he was at the US Post Office on Barnette Street.  The Medical Examiner’s report determined that Mr. Wallis’ cause of death was the result of the thermal burns he sustained. The Fairbanks Fire and Police departments have investigated the cause of the fire, but the source of the fire remains unknown.  There were no indications that accelerants were used to start the fire.   The manner of his death remains undetermined due to insufficient evidence to ascertain whether the burns sustained were accidental or intentional as the result of actions by himself or another person.

 

Witnesses indicated that another person may have been with Mr. Wallis immediately prior to the fire. City investigators have spoken with multiple witnesses and followed up on all leads, but have not located anyone who was in the Post Office at the time the fire started.  It is not believed that Mr. Wallis had arguments or issues with anyone in the community prior to his death.

 

Investigators request that anyone with information regarding this case please contact the FPD Investigations Division, 907.450.6550, FPD@ci.fairbanks.ak.us.

 

Contact: Amber Courtney, Communications Director/PIO 459.6793 or abcourtney@ci.fairbanks.ak.us

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