ANCHORAGE The three unsolved double homicides this year in Anchorage do not appear to be gang related and a report linking the cases to a single killer was “not correct,” a city homicide detective says.
“Some of them will be solved sooner than later,” Det. Sgt. Slawomir Markiewicz said in a recent interview at Anchorage Police Department headquarters, where detectives are tackling a near-record number of murders across the city.
Of the 28 homicide deaths this year in Anchorage, 10 remain unsolved. Among the open cases are a series of double killings along trails and in public places that sent residents and police scrambling for answers:
-- Onie Aubert-Morissette, 20, and Selena Mullenax, 19, found dead Jan. 28 at Point Woronzof.
-- Jason Netter Sr., 41, and Brianna Foisy, 20, found dead July 3 on a Ship Creek bicycle trail.
-- Kevin Turner, 34, and Brie De Husson, 25, found dead Aug. 28 at Valley of the Moon Park.
In a series of reports beginning today, KTUU sought to learn more about the deaths through a review of public records, interviews with police and talks with people close to the victims.
“I would like to know how far they have gotten in the case. Do they have any evidence?” said Sophia Tabios, a longtime friend of Point Woronzof victim Selena Mullenax and one of the last people to talk to her alive. “Or (have) their trails gone cold?”
Markiewicz said detectives are “moving forward" on that case now.
“I’m convinced that suspects will be charged ... Suspect or suspects,” he said.
In an effort to avoid releasing information that only a killer or witness might know, police have refused to talk about how each of the six victims in the three double homicides died. They have not said if the same weapon was used in more than one of the killings, nor whether any murder weapon has been linked to other crimes.
Markiewicz refused to rule out connections among various cases or talk about potential motives, but cast aside elements of public theories circling the investigations.
There is no evidence of gang connections he said, which in police terms means no connections to confirmed members of known criminal groups.
An October article in the Anchorage Press that linked four homicide investigations – two or more of unsolved double murders plus a July 29 shooting in northeast Anchorage -- to a single person was "not correct," Markiewicz said.
He refused to say what details, specifically, he believes were inaccurate.
Serial murder refers to the killing of two or more people on separate occasions. It represents a small percentage of all homicides, as little as 1 percent or fewer, according to the FBI.
On multiple occasions and in response to public questions, police have declined to rule out the notion of a single killer's involvement in two or more open cases.
Most murder victims are killed by someone he or she knows, Markiewicz said. “Sometimes, someone that the victim crossed."
As for the first of the unsolved double killings this year, at Point Woronzof, Markiewicz said that case does not appear to be an arbitrary attack.
“We don’t believe that it was a random event,” Markiewicz said.
That case is the subject of the second story in this series, appearing tomorrow.