A Quinhagak man has been arrested for murder after a woman was found dead in the Kuskokwim Bay community in early February.
Alaska State Troopers found 25-year-old Quinhagak resident Lisa Johnson dead on Feb. 3 near the end of the community’s new runway.
On Monday Troopers arrested 26-year-old Harold Smith on charges of first-degree murder and tampering with evidence.
According to Troopers, the investigation found Johnson was killed “at another location during an altercation involving Smith.” Trooper say Smith then moved Johnson's body to the end of the runway and concealed it with brush.
Members of the Alaska Bureau of Investigation traveled to Bethel and on to Quinhagak to help with the investigation. Johnson’s body was sent on to the state medical examiner’s office but Troopers are not releasing information as to the cause of death.
Smith was taken to Bethel and remanded into the Yukon-Kuskokwim Correctional Center and held without bail.
AST spokesperson Megan Peters said no further information on the case is available but the investigation is ongoing.
This is the third homicide near the Y-K Delta since September. In September, 24-year-old Tununak man Edward Moses was arrested on murder charges for shooting his 2-year-old son in the head. In earl February, 23-year-old Anthony Beans was arrested on manslaughter charges in connection with the death of 56-year-old Clifford Schanrock in Mountain Village.
KTUU's Chris Klint contributed information to this story.