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Cold Case: Man Arrested For 1996 Murder


March 03, 2012

(SitNews) - The Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Bureau of Investigation, Cold Case Investigators traveled to Butte, Montana to arrest and extradite Robert D. Kowalski on the outstanding $1,000,000.00 warrant for the charges of Murder in the First Degree and Murder in the Second Degree in the death of Sandra M. Perry in 1996.

Kowalski was serving time in Montana on an unrelated 2008 murder. Kowalski waived his extradition and was arrested by the Cold Case Investigators where he was transported to Juneau, Alaska. On 3/1/2012, Kowalski was remanded into the Lemon Creek Correctional Center, Juneau, Alaska.

On September 30, 2011, a State of Alaska Grand Jury in Juneau, indicted Robert D. Kowalski, age 50, charging him with Murder in the First Degree and Murder in the Second Degree. The indictment stemmed from a July 21, 1996 incident at Glacier Bear Lodge in Yakutat, Alaska, where Sandra M. Perry age 39, was killed as a result of a single gunshot to the head.

Perry and Kowalski had been living together in the State of Washington but had traveled to Yakutat, Alaska for a vacation. Kowalski, age 34 at the time, claimed he and Perry heard a bear outside of their room and were afraid so Kowalski reported he armed himself with a shotgun. Kowalski stated he tripped onto the bed and fell onto Perry. As he was getting up, Kowalski alleged the gun accidentally discharged, striking Perry in the head. A man in the next room, reported he had overheard an argument, followed by a single gunshot and then silence.

The Alaska State Troopers Cold Case Unit elected to re-examine the case following a 2008 homicide in Montana where Kowalski was convicted of killing his girlfriend. In the Montana case, Kowalski and his girlfriend had been arguing and Kowalski shot her once in the head.

As a result of the Alaska indictment, the Juneau Superior Court issued a warrant for Kowalski's arrest and set bail at $1,000,000.00. Alaska State Troopers began efforts to extradite Kowalski from Montana where he was currently serving time for the 2008 murder.

The Alaska Bureau of Investigation Cold Case Unit continues to examine unresolved murder investigations. Tips and leads pertaining to Alaska State Trooper investigations can be called in to (907) 269-5611.



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Alaska Department of Public Safety


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