Police: Man arrested in SD in Alaska homicide

Posted: Sunday, February 06, 2011

ANCHORAGE — Authorities say a 28-year-old man is awaiting extradition in South Dakota after being arrested in the March 2000 killing of an Alaska woman.

Anchorage police say Derrick Torian was arrested Friday in Spearfish, S.D., in the stabbing death of 28-year-old Genevieve Tetpon.

Tetpon’s body was found March 22, 2000, in a wooded area near Elmendorf Air Force Base. Torian was a high school student in Anchorage at the time.

Police say grant funding through the U.S. Department of Justice allowed detectives to use new DNA technology to link Torian to Tetpon’s remains. The arrest warrant was issued Thursday following a grand jury indictment in Anchorage.

Police say Torian will remain in custody in South Dakota while he awaits extradition proceedings. It was unknown early Saturday if he had an attorney.

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