Kodiak Daily Mirror - FBI asks Alaskans help as it seeks Coast Guard murder weapon
  
FBI asks Alaskans' help as it seeks Coast Guard murder weapon
by Nicole Klauss / nklauss@kodiakdailymirror.com
May 16, 2012 | 782 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The FBI is seeking information about all .44 Taurus magnums bought or sold in the state of Alaska in hopes of linking the weapon with the murder of two Coast Guardsmen last month at Coast Guard Communications station Kodiak.
(Taurus firearms photo)
The FBI is seeking information about all .44 Taurus magnums bought or sold in the state of Alaska in hopes of linking the weapon with the murder of two Coast Guardsmen last month at Coast Guard Communications station Kodiak. (Taurus firearms photo)
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The FBI has not been able to locate the weapon used in last month’s Coast Guard murders, and it is turning to the public for help.

On Tuesday afternoon the Anchorage FBI and U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service announced they are looking for information about the transfer of specific guns connected to the April 12 double homicide the Coast Guard communication station.

Investigators are looking for information from anyone who sold, traded or transferred one of the following .44-caliber revolvers during the last year: Smith and Wesson model 29, Smith and Wesson model 629, or any .44 magnum Taurus model.

“We’re not confined to Kodiak,” FBI special agent Eric Gonzales said. “We’re looking for information in the entire state of Alaska.”

Anyone with information about the transfer of a gun fitting one of the descriptions can contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324).

Early in the investigation, the FBI and CGIS contacted gun dealers in Kodiak including Mack’s Sport Shop and Wild Traders to look for information about the weapon, but they were unsuccessful in their searches.

“The FBI and Coast Guard investigative team were here and looked at my records,” Wild Traders Pawn Shop proprietor Kim Davidson said.

At the time, investigators did not release specific model descriptions to the shop owners.

Kodiak gun show organizer Michael Horstman was also questioned, as were several people who had booths at the March gun show.

“They were just looking for suspicious activity,” Horstman said.

In an attempt to cover a large amount of ground, CGIS organized a community search team on May 2 to look for parts or pieces of a gun. Volunteers searched on Anton Larsen Bay Road near the communication station and in Bell’s Flats. The search was also unsuccessful.

The Kodiak Police Department has not had any reports of stolen guns during the last year that fit the descriptions the FBI released.

“I’m still running a more in-depth check, but there is nothing current as far as any .44-caliber guns,” Kodiak police chief T.C. Kamai said.

The FBI still has a team working in Kodiak, but the evidence response team returned to Anchorage.

“We still have a presence on the island,” Gonzales said.
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