Anchorage surpasses record for homicides with 35 deaths
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — 2017 was a record breaking year for homicides in the city, Anchorage police said.
Out of the 35 homicide cases this year, at least 11 are listed as open and under investigation, KTUU-TV reported Thursday. Six of the cases have no suspects, according to most recent data from the Anchorage Police Department.
August was the deadliest month in Anchorage with six homicide victims and six incidents. Three of those homicides still have no suspects.
The dead include Weston Gladney, 36, whose body was found by a trail user in the Jim Creek recreational area southeast of Palmer earlier this month. Investigators believe his murder occurred in Anchorage.
In February, a large fire at the Royal Suite Lodge killed three people, injured dozens more and displaced about 70 individuals. Two of the victims were identified as Vivian Hall, 63, and Teuaililo Nua, 38.
No arrests have been made in connection to the fatal fire, police said.
In March, Craig Berumen’s body was found inside a car parked outside a McDonald’s. He had been shot to death, police said.
The incident did not appear to be random as did many of the homicide cases this year, police said.
Information from: KTUU-TV, http://www.ktuu.com