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Thorne Bay Man Arrested, Charged With Murder
Another Arrest Pending



November 19, 2004

Ketchikan, Alaska - Late Thursday night Alaska State Troopers arrested Brian James Radel, age 24, of Thorne Bay for the alleged murder of Lauri Waterman of Craig. Radel was charged with Murder in the First Degree. Other charges of conspiracy, burglary, kidnapping and tampering with physical evidence are pending.

Members of the Alaska State Troopers Klawock Post, the Alaska Bureau of Investigations, the State Fire Marshal's Office, and the State Crime Detection Laboratory participated in the investigation. The Alaska State Troopers reported they received tremendous assistance during the investigation from the Craig Police Department. US Forest Service Law Enforcement personnel also assisted with the investigation.

The AST reported the investigation revealed that during the early morning hours of Sunday November 14th, Radel broke into Waterman's home in Craig and that Radel abducted Waterman and forced her into her mini-van.

Quoting a release authored by AST Sgt. R. McPherron, "Radel then drove Waterman in her van to a rural area on Prince of Wales Island and killed her. He then drove to the end of a logging road in the Thorne Bay area and met up with an accomplice. Waterman's body and mini-van were then soaked in gasoline and set on fire. Radel then fled the area with his accomplice."

The investigation is ongoing and another arrest is pending.


Sunday - November 21, 2004 - 7:30 am

Teen daughter, two others arrested in death of woman; Mother's body found in van blaze last week on Prince of Wales Island ...
Juneau Empire - Sunday - November 21, 2004

Friday - November 19, 2004 - 6:00 pm

Listen to this KRBD story... Two Prince of Wales men have been arrested in connection with this Sunday's murder of 48-year-old Craig resident Lauri Waterman. Deanna Garrison has this report.
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio - Friday - November 19, 2004 - 6:00 pm


Related News:

Listen to this KRBD story... A burned-out minivan with human remains inside was discovered on a logging road near Thorne Bay on Prince of Wales Island Sunday. Although the remains have not yet been positively identified, they are thought to be that of Lauri Waterman, wife of Craig School Board President Doc Waterman.
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio - Web posted Wednesday am- Nov. 17, 2004



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