ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Anchorage Police Department says detectives are investigating human remains found Tuesday near Eklutna Lake, but have not said whether the case is related to the Feb. 1 abduction of barista Samantha Koenig.
APD spokeswoman Marlene Lammers told Channel 2 she spoke with Sgt. Slawomir Markiewicz, head of the department's homicide unit, who confirmed that human remains have been found in the woods a few miles up the road leading to the lake, and a death investigation is in progress.
When asked if there's a connection to the Koenig case, APD spokesman Lt. Dave Parker said, "at this point it would be premature to make that assumption. What we’re trying to figure out is who this was and why it was that they died."
A snowshoer discovered the remains and called police just after 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Investigators at the scene said they couldn't yet identify the gender of the remains or how long they'd been there.