Anchorage Police are again reaching out to the public for assistance identifying those responsible for a double homicide which occurred on Monday, March 10.
For the first time in the investigation into the deaths of Mae Melovidov, 47, and Robert Workman, 55, APD officials are releasing photos of the victims. In the 18 days since the double homicide, APD officials had been waiting for photos from the families of the victims, who live in rural parts of Alaska, said APD spokesperson Anita Shell.
Shell explained while investigators are working hard, if left alone, APD’s pool of leads could dry up, but the trail “is not cold by any means,” she said.
Police say the death of Melovidov and Workman was the result of an unprovoked attack while they and a third unidentified victim were sitting awaiting food around 6 p.m. in the area of 5th Avenue and Karluk Street. The account was provided to police by the third victim who remains in critical condition, but is expected to survive, Shell said.
The three victims were inside a tent when “a lone male entered the campsite, pulled the tent open and proceeded to fire several shots at the people inside,” according to police. The three victims were transported to a local hospital. Melovidov and Workman died after resuscitation attempts failed, while the third victim is expected to survive the critical injuries.
The suspect fled the scene on foot.
APD officials are asking anyone with information related to the person responsible for the crime to call Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP or submit an anonymous tip at www.anchoragecrimestoppers.com.