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14-Year Old in Custody in Kake Homicide Case


February 18, 2013
Monday PM

(SitNews) - After an intensive 10 day investigation into the death of 13 year-old Mackenzie Howard of Kake, Alaska on February 5th, a suspect in this investigation has been identified. A 14 year-old male from the community of Kake has been placed in custody by the Alaska State Troopers and has been transported to a Department of Juvenile Justice holding facility in Ketchikan.

Because the suspect is a juvenile his name and charges that are pending against him cannot be released.

Just before midnight on February 5, 2013 Alaska State Troopers received report of a possible homicide in Kake, Alaska. The body of the young girl was discovered in an arctic entry way at the Presbyterian Memorial Church. The girl was identified as 13 year-old Mackenzie Howard 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. After the completion of the scene investigation as well as the autopsy by the State Medical Examiner's office the young girl's death was confirmed to be a result of a homicide.



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