Man with body of girlfriend in his car surrenders to Anchorage police, faces murder charge

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A 28-year-old Anchorage man told his brother he had strangled his girlfriend, and when his brother said he intended to call police, the man drove off with the body in the back seat of his car, police said Thursday.

David Joseph Thomas a short time later called police himself and was found with the car and the body of Linda Anne Martz Bower, 19, in the parking lot of a pharmacy.

He was charged with first- and second-degree murder and booked into the Anchorage Jail early Thursday morning, said police spokeswoman Anita Shell.

Police have not announced where Bower died, Shell said.

"That's part of the investigation," she said.

Thomas lives with his brother in Eagle River, a community within the northern part of the municipality of Anchorage.

Police at 10:24 p.m. Wednesday took a call from Thomas' brother, who said Thomas had just told him he had strangled his girlfriend and that the body was in his car.

The brother told Thomas he intended to call police, and Thomas drove off, Shell said.

About 15 minutes later, police said, Thomas himself called and said he was at the Walgreens parking lot in Eagle River.

Officers arrested him without resistance and found the body of Bower in the back seat of Thomas' Mercedes sedan.

Thomas is being held without bail. Online court records had no listing for the case Thursday morning.

Bower's death is Anchorage's 11th homicide in 2014.

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