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Family, friends fear worst befell Corey Newell

January 4, 2013
Publisher's Note: The following article is taken from an article published in the Alaska Dispatch January 3 written by Jill Burke. Her full article can be read by clicking here. News Mat-Su  would not normally use an article from another journal without first obtaining express permission, however, readers have been clamoring to know if the missing persons reports involving Corey Newell are real. They are. I pass on the information from Jill's article only to widen the audience in hopes that more awareness of this case will lead to Corey's safe return at best, or resolution the the mysteries surrounding his disappearance, and for either, time is of the essence. I apologize to Jill Burke and the Alaska Dispatch and ask their forbearance in this instance. Mike Weland

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Corey Newell, 33, Palmer, was last seen in the Pittman area December 29. His snowmachine was discovered two days later between two trees near Cloudy Lake. Corey's mother, Debbie Davis, and many of his friends have been plying area roads, hanging missing persons fliers anywhere others might see them in hopes of finding him.

But their hopes are dimming, and turning from concern that he may be lying injured and alone to fears he may be the victim of foul play.

Corey was at his good friend Darryl Wellborn's house that Sunday evening, when Corey left to go visit his girlfriend. It was the last time Wellborn saw or has heard from him.

"Corey has a lot of friends," Davis to Alaska Dispatch reporter Jill Burke. "and none of them have heard from him."

“He has never failed to call me or a family member to come and get him in any kind of peril or any situation. Even if he was just tired of being somewhere,” Burke quoted Wellborn as saying, “He would not have walked away from life itself in this manner. He always told somebody where he was going or where he was up to.”

On Thursday, January 2, Davis reported her son missing to Alaska State Troopers, but by then, four days after his disappearance, much critical evidence had been lost. Wellborn had already recovered Corey's snowmobile, fresh snow had covered ant tracks.

Wellborn showed troopers where he'd recovered the machine, and described how he'd found it, adding more questions.

"It was found wedged between two trees, headed toward a dead end," Burke wrote. "If Newell had to avoid something on the trail, it would be the last place he'd turn to avoid something or get away, Wellborn said. Plus, the machine, though beaten up, was still drivable. And, the only set of tracks leading away from the machine led up the road, not toward the lake or into the woods. A single glove was lying in the snow."

There was no way, both Wellborn and Davis told her, that he'd have left the $12,000 Polaris RMK Pro 800 behind, especially in that area, where theft and vandalism is common.

Newell, a convicted felon, has had problems with drugs in the past, leading to fears that this may not be a simple missing person case.

"We are finding more and more reasons to believe his snowmachine was staged there to cover up his disappearance," Wellborn told Burke. "We no longer believe we are looking at a missing person case. We are looking at a homicide."

Alaska State Troopers haven't drawn any conclusions, but continue to seek any new information that would shed light on the case and hopefully see Corey Newell found safe.

Anyone who may have seen suspicious activity in that area of North Pittman Road Sunday, December 29, who may have seen or heard from Corey Newell anytime since or have knowledge of his whereabouts is asked to call Alaska State Troopers at (907) 269-5086.
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