By Chris Klint
Channel 2 News
12:07 PM AKST, February 11, 2013
Alaska State Troopers say the investigation of 13-year-old girl Mackenzie Howard’s death in the Southeast Alaska village of Kake is continuing Monday, although little new information is publicly available.
According to AST spokesperson Megan Peters, while troopers expect to receive an autopsy report on Howard from state medical examiners Monday, information from that report won’t be immediately released.
“We feel that any information we put out could potentially hamper our investigation,” Peters said.
A Kake resident found Howard’s body in an Arctic entry at the Memorial Presbyterian Church Tuesday, with troopers and Alaska Bureau of Investigation members arriving in Kake Wednesday. Howard’s body was flown to Anchorage for the autopsy, which was completed Friday, and a series of candlelight vigils across the state for her were held Friday night.
Peters says troopers remain in Kake and are still working on the case -- which formally remains a death investigation, but is being investigated as a homicide -- and it’s not clear when further details might emerge on what happened.
“We can’t hold ourselves to a timeline,” Peters said. “We have to be careful what we release and when.”
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