Several police vehicles, including a mobile incident command vehicle, were present Wednesday evening near the Kaxdigoowu Héen Dei (Brotherhood Bridge Trail) trailhead. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Police: Death being investigated as homicide

A person of interest and the deceased have been identified.

This is a developing story.

A person of interest has been identified and located after a 55-year-old Juneau woman was found dead near a trailhead, police said in a late-night news release. The death is being investigated as a homicide.

Shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday, police received a report of a dead woman found on Kaxdigoowu Héen Dei (Brotherhood Bridge Trail), according to police. The woman’s body was located about 200 yards away from the trailhead parking lot near Glacier Highway.

The woman has been identified and her next of kin has been notified, according to police, but her name was not released Wednesday night. Police said her name would be released on Thursday.

For much of the evening, several JPD vehicles, including a mobile incident command center, were present near the trailhead.

A mobile incident command vehicle was among the vehicles at the scene Wednesday evening near Kaxdigoowu Héen Dei (Brotherhood Bridge Trail).

A mobile incident command vehicle was among the vehicles at the scene Wednesday evening near Kaxdigoowu Héen Dei (Brotherhood Bridge Trail).

Police did not identify the person of interest found in connection to the possible homicide and asked that people continue to stay away from the area of the trail until further notice.

Additionally, JPD encouraged people who witnessed unusual activity on Wednesday afternoon in the area to contact the department at (907)-586-0600. Anonymous tips can be made online through www.juneaucrimeline.com.

Contact Ben Hohenstatt at (907)308-4895 or bhohenstatt@juneauempire.com. Follow him on Twitter at @BenHohenstatt. Contact reporter Clarise Larson at clarise.larson@juneauempire.com or (651)-528-1807. Follow her on Twitter at @clariselarson.

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