Ketchikan man's death thought to be murder

Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 2000

The death of a Ketchikan man, first reported to be of unknown causes, has now been classified as a homicide.

The state medical examiner said Tuesday that Jose Mateu died of a single gunshot wound to the head.

About 1:30 p.m. Friday, the Ketchikan Dray Heating Co. called the Alaska State Troopers, reporting that Mateu, 48, had not shown up for work - which was unlike him.

Troopers went to Mateu's residence and found him dead. They secured the scene and notified next of kin.

Two investigators from the Criminal Investigations Bureau and one representative of the State Crime Lab searched the premises Saturday and decided an autopsy should be conducted in Anchorage.

A responsible family man, Mateu had worked for Ketchikan Dray Heating for 10 years, most recently as a burner technician, the company said. He lived in Ketchikan with his son, 16. His ex-wife and their daughter live in Washington state.

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