An Emmonak man charged with the 2010 death of a 69-year-old Fairbanks man missed his first appearance in Fairbanks court Thursday after refusing to be transported from jail.
The victim, Johnny Rogers, went missing June 16, 2010 and his remains were found three months later near a Parks Highway pullout at mile 350. His 2010 Toyota pickup truck was parked nearby but not visible from the road. Alaska State Troopers did not suspect foul play at the time, but his death was ruled a homicide after the state medical examiner performed an autopsy.
Cornelius Francis Benedict Jr., 47, was indicted on one count of first-degree murder and one count of tampering with physical evidence March 22 of this year. A $100,000 arrest warrant was issued and Benedict was arrested and arraigned in Bethel on May 11. He was scheduled for an omnibus hearing in Fairbanks Superior Court at 2:30 p.m. Thursday but refused transport from Fairbanks Correctional Center.
Benedict's indictment does not contain information about the investigation or what led troopers to believe he was responsible for Rogers' death. A detailed criminal complaint has not been filed.
Emmonak is a community near the mouth of the Yukon River about 480 miles west of Fairbanks.
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