- Associated Press - Saturday, January 25, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Family and friends searching for a missing Anchorage man grew concerned when they saw a tweet from police that said a body was found in Spenard.

Their hunch was correct. Police found the body of 31-year-old Aylett Hanson in his black Mazda 5.

Hanson would have turned 32 on Sunday. His death left his family looking for answers, The Anchorage Daily News reported (http://bit.ly/1gdairm ).

Hanson’s cousin, Brittany Hales, told the paper he was a capable handyman who worked construction jobs in the summer and did odd jobs in the winter.

“He was just an all-around great guy,” Hales said. “He has many, many friends who are completely shocked by this.”

He was usually accompanied by his black cat, Ninja, which he taught to ride on his shoulder during hikes to Flattop Mountain or Rainbow Valley. The cat was at Hanson’s sister’s house when Hanson was killed, Hales said.

Hanson was living with family at the time of his death.

Hanson was found in car, the window smashed in. The car was parked in a business parking lot in sight of the Bear Tooth Theatrepub.

Police and paramedics responded to a call at 3:24 p.m. Thursday and pronounced Hanson dead at the scene.

Police have not said how they believe Hanson died.

An autopsy has been ordered.

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Information from: Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News, http://www.adn.com