• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 39s

Quinhagak resident charged with woman’s murder

By KTVA CBS 11 News 12:48 PM February 25, 2014

Harold Smith, 26, faces charges of first-degree murder and tampering with evidence.

ANCHORAGE – A Quinhagak man was charged with murder Monday in connection with the death of 25-year-old Lisa Johnson.

Johnson’s body was discovered Feb. 3 off of a trail near the end of a new runway in the Western Alaska community of 700. Alaska State Troopers said they responded to the scene along with crime scene technicians and members of the Alaska Bureau of Investigation.

According to a criminal complaint, phone records led investigators to 26-year-old Harold Smith. A preliminary autopsy revealed Johnson had likely been strangled and her eyes showed signs of hemorrhage.

Smith was interviewed about her death Feb. 24 then arrested on counts of first-degree murder and tampering with physical evidence, troopers said.

Smith allegedly killed Johnson during an altercation, troopers said, then moved her body to the end of the runway and attempted to hide it with brush.

In an interview with authorities, Smith said Johnson visited his residence looking to buy a gram of marijuana, according to charges.

Smith said he didn’t have any pot to sell, charges say. He said she then bit him on the chest and he shoved her out the door.

Johnson fell down stairs, hitting her head on at 2×4 connected to the stairs, Smith said. He checked her neck and felt no pulse, according to charges.

Smith said he panicked and hid Johnson’s body under his house. Later he said he used his father’s sled to move her body to the runway where she was later found, charges say.

Smith said he took Johnson’s clothes, his clothes and snowmachine parts to a dump and burned them. Later, he said, he also burned the sled he used to move her body.

Snowmachine tracks “possibly pulling a sled” were spotted about 30 feet away from where Jonhson’s body was found, charges say.

Troopers said Smith is currently being held without bail at the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center while the investigation continues.

Latest Stories

  • Mt. Marathon Race

    Friendly rivalry fuels women to attempt to break Mount Marathon record

    by Emily Carlson on Jun 29, 22:45

    In Alaska, the mountain racing community is small. So when powerhouse Najeeby Quinn felt an unfamiliar stride creeping up on her during a race a few years ago, she was immediately intrigued. “She almost passed me and I held her off by a second and I was like, ‘who are you?’” she said. That was […]

  • News

    AGDC president on AKLNG project: ‘Project is not moving forward’

    by Alexis Fernandez on Jun 29, 21:53

    The state of Alaska may soon be making some serious changes to the proposed Alaska liquefied natural gas pipeline plan, known as AKLNG. On Wednesday, Kevin Meyer, the new head of the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC), gave an update to a House and Senate resources panel on the latest progress. Meyer told lawmakers the […]

  • Politics

    Education commissioner on Walker’s vetoes: Districts will bear burden of cuts

    by Eric Ruble on Jun 29, 20:54

    A reduction in education funding of more than $58 million could mean difficult decisions for Alaska schools during the coming months. The cuts come as part of Gov. Bill Walker’s $1.29 billion vetoes, announced Wednesday. “We’ve had multiple years of these cuts, and I think people are starting to worry,” said Aaron Poe, a member […]

  • News

    Fireworks shows get OK from Anchorage fire chief

    by Lauren Maxwell on Jun 29, 19:47

    The Anchorage Fire Department has given the green light for two fireworks shows on the Fourth of July. One will be held at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage, the other at Eagle River Lions Club Community Park in Eagle River. Fire Chief Denis LeBlanc said residents need to remember that fireworks are still illegal in Anchorage […]

  • Lifestyle

    FDA questions effectiveness of popular hand sanitizers

    by Associated Press on Jun 29, 19:02

    Federal health officials want to know whether hand sanitizers used by millions of Americans work as well as manufacturers claim — and whether there are any health risks to their growing use. The Food and Drug Administration is asking for new studies on how the antiseptic gels and rubs fight germs and get absorbed into the body, […]

  • News

    AWWU announces intersection closure for water main repairs

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jun 29, 18:45

    The intersection of Tudor Road and Old Seward Highway will be closed from Friday night until early Wednesday morning, the Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility (AWWU) announced. The closure will begin at 8 p.m. Friday to allow AWWU personnel to make repairs to a water main that was damaged in May. Alaska Road Boring Company was […]

  • Crime

    Charging documents show woman found in car was tortured, shot before being killed

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jun 29, 17:17

    A late night DUI crash turned into a homicide investigation after police found a dead woman in the back of a vehicle Monday night. Charging documents against the driver, 34-year-old Benjamin Wilkins, revealed the woman had been severely injured and killed prior to the crash. Wilkins was detained on suspicion of intoxication after failing field sobriety […]

  • Lifestyle

    Alaskans: Be bear aware with fish waste

    by Megan Edge on Jun 29, 13:50

    Fishermen, watch where you waste. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is asking you to dispose of any leftover fish parts and pieces in the appropriate areas. Tossing waste in the wrong places can be dangerous for bears and humans, plus it could lead to a fine. “It’s fishing season and folks need to […]