Troopers:14-Year-Old Suspect Connected to Kake Homicide in Custody


by AST Release
by Your Alaska Link

AST Release:

"Location: Kake, Alaska
Case number: AK13008658
Type: Homicide  Investigation

At 2334 hours, on February 5, 2013 Alaska State Troopers received report of
a possible homicide in Kake, Alaska.  The body of a young girl was discovered
in an arctic entry way at the Presbyterian Memorial Church.  The girl was
identified as Mackenzie Howard, 13 years of age, of Kake.   Alaska State
Troopers, investigators with the Alaska Bureau of Investigation as well as
evidence technicians with the State of Alaska Scientific Crime Detection
Laboratory responded to Kake to investigate the death.  Upon initial scene
assessment by investigators the death was treated like a homicide.  Upon the
completion of the scene investigation as well as the autopsy by the State
Medical Examiner=92s office the death was confirmed to be a result of a
homicide.  Alaska Bureau of Investigation investigators and state troopers
from numerous communities in the state spent the next 10 days conducting further
interviews and evidence review and combining this work with information
provided by the State of Alaska Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory, 
were able to identify a suspect in this investigation.  That suspect, a 14
year old male from the community of Kake,  has been subsequently placed in
custody by the Alaska State Troopers and is being transported to a Department
of Juvenile Justice holding facility in Ketchikan.   Due to the fact that
the suspect is a juvenile his name and charges that are pending against him
cannot be released. 

Author:  Lt. Rex Leath
Received Saturday, February 16, 2013 11:16 AM and posted Saturday, February 16, 2013 11:42 AM"

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