Autopsy Findings for Kake Girl Won't be Released

Law enforcement won't be releasing the results of an autopsy conducted on a 13-year-old girl who is believed to be a homicide victim in southeast Alaska.

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by Associated Press

JUNEAU - Law enforcement won't be releasing the results of an autopsy conducted on a 13-year-old girl who is believed to be a homicide victim in southeast Alaska.

Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Megan Peters says preliminary autopsy findings concerning the death of Mackenzie Howard are not being released at the request of investigators.

The girl's body was found a week ago in the entryway of Kake Memorial Presbyterian Church after a large gathering with out-of-town visitors was held at the church. Officials have not disclosed how the girl died.

Peters says investigators were still in Kake on Monday conducting interviews and collecting evidence.

A funeral service open to the public is planned for Tuesday evening at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall in Juneau.