'The public can always help': APD implores community to come forward with information in open homicide cases

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) — Eleven killings have happened thus far in 2019, and four of them remain classified as unsolved homicides. The local police department needs citizens' help changing that.

"People sometimes don't realize that what they saw or heard was important," said Sgt. Bianca Cross of the Anchorage Police Department, "but we have more information than they do, typically. So when they come to us with that, we can sort out whether or not it's pertinent to the case."

While four families and circles of friends - along with local community members - have questions, four killers remain at large, and police are working non-stop to figure out who they are.

"Every investigation is very time-intensive," Cross said. "It requires a lot of research, seeking out people who may or may not have spoken to police initially, or we might need to re-interview them. Every interview is important."

The first 2019 case Anchorage police are still trying to figure out is the death of Steven John, 36, who died of "trauma to the body," per law enforcement officials. His body was found in a residence off 34th Avenue in January.

"We got a call in January about a body that was possibly in an apartment in Midtown," Cross said. "Officers arrived, they did do a search, and found a body that was in there."

The precise cause of John's death remains unknown.

The second case is Ryan Cannon, 31, whose body was found in mid-February behind a Spenard business on 36th Avenue.

"Unknown how he got there, how long he had been there," Cross said.

Tion Price, 19, was the victim of the third Anchorage homicide of 2019 in a double shooting off Oklahoma Street.

"When [officers] arrived, they found two people had been shot," Cross said. "One fatally - that was Price."

A 23-year-old man, Navarrow Andrews, lost his life in early April in what authorities have most recently deemed a homicide.

"Officers responded to the area of Taku [Drive] after reports of shots fired," Cross said. "When they arrived, they found Navarrow Andrews deceased in the alleyway there."

Police are asking that people provide any information they have in order to help figure out these unsolved crimes. Cross mentioned the helpfulness of so many peoples' homes being equipped with surveillance and doorbell cameras.

"The public can always help," she said. "It's really just keeping their eyes open and their minds open to the idea that we don't know everything that's happening."

Cross added that sometimes people will assume APD would solve a case, thinking the department has some specific piece of information.

"We'd ask them not to do that," Cross said. "Call us. We can sort it out, and see if it's helpful or not.

"Everybody is looking to find out what happened in the last moments of their loved ones' lives," Cross said, "and they deserve that closure. And the people who died deserve justice as well. It doesn't matter what they were involved in."

You can call Crime Stoppers locally at 561-STOP to remain anonymous, or call Anchorage police at 311 to submit a tip.