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Autopsy complete on Kake homicide victim

Information on manner and cause of death is not being released yet

Posted: February 8, 2013 - 4:39pm  |  Updated: February 10, 2013 - 1:08am

The State Medical Examiner’s Office has completed the autopsy of a 13-year-old girl who was killed in Kake earlier this week, according to the Department of Public Safety, which is handling the investigation through its Bureau of Investigation’s Major Crimes Unit.

DPS spokeswoman Megan Peters said the autopsy for Mackenzie H. Howard was completed Friday, but the results are not being released yet since they are still waiting for a report from the examiner’s office on the cause and manner of death.

Howard’s body was found inside a Kake church on Tuesday evening, the apparent victim of homicide, lead investigator Rex Leath said Thursday. Candlelight vigils are being held in Howard’s honor across the state this evening.

As officials await the examiner’s office report, investigators remain in the small village of Kake conducting interviews, Peters said.

Peters did not say if any suspects have been identified in the case yet. Officials have not released any information on how Howard died, saying the information is sensitive and they don’t want to jeopardize the ongoing investigation.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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