Alaska State Troopers say the death of a 60-year-old Palmer man whose body was found with a marijuana grow operation at his home Monday, initially considered suspicious, is now being investigated as a homicide.
The change was announced in a Wednesday AST dispatch reporting the Alaska Bureau of Investigation's progress in examining Theodore Konyot's death and requesting the public's help.
"Investigation is ongoing by ABI, but Konyot's death has been determined to be a homicide," troopers wrote.
According to a Tuesday dispatch, troopers were informed at about 8 p.m. Monday that a family member found Konyot's body at his home near Mile 1.1 of Knik River Road. His next of kin were notified at the time, and his body was scheduled to undergo an autopsy at the state medical examiner’s office in Anchorage.
In a Tuesday email to Channel 2, AST spokesperson Megan Peters said the grow operation located on the property, which drew members of the Alaska Bureau of Investigation and the Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit, consisted of about 60 plants.
“Troopers think the death is suspicious but we are not clarifying how or why,” Peters wrote.
Konyot’s court record shows a number of dismissed misdemeanor charges for moving violations, the last of which occurred in 2003.
Troopers are hoping to speak with anyone who has information on Konyot's death, had any contact with him, or saw suspicious activity near his home from Dec. 7 through Dec. 9. AST is routing calls on the case to Investigator Adams at 907-746-9106 or Crime Stoppers at 907-745-3333.