UPDATE: Teen held in connection with South Anchorage double homicide
Last Updated: Wed., Jan. 6 at 11:20 a.m.
A 15-year-old male has been taken into custody in connection with Tuesday’s double homicide, according to police.
Shannon Duke, 40, and her daughter, 18-year-old Chloe Duke, were discovered fatally shot in a South Anchorage home on the 3600 block of Spinnaker Drive, APD spokesperson Jennifer Castro wrote in an online release sent out Wednesday morning.
Police received a call around 7 p.m. Tuesday from a man who said he arrived home to find his wife and daughter dead inside the house. One was found at the bottom of the stairs, and the other near the top, according to APD.
The release states that “the deaths were the result of a homicide” and that both victims had been “fatally shot.”
Alaska State Troopers later located a Chevy truck missing from the home where the killings took place. A 15-year-old male resident of the same house — unidentified due to his age — was discovered driving the truck and taken into custody. Police would not give further specifics on his relationship with the deceased, only to say “he was a resident of the house.”
Authorities found a weapon during the investigation, but would not confirm whether it was used in the killings.
“This is an open investigation, so I cannot comment on the specifics of evidence,” Castro wrote in an email.
The teen was referred to the Alaska Division of Juvenile Justice and taken to the McLaughlin Youth Center.
The Anchorage District Attorney’s office could not comment on any possible charges the teen might face nor whether he will be tried as a juvenile or adult.
“We’re still assessing the case,” said Anchorage District Attorney Clint Campion in a phone conversation Wednesday. “If we decide waiver into adult court is appropriate, that’s something that we would file confidentially.”
If the DA’s office decides to seek a discretionary waiver, and the judge approves, the case would then become an adult prosecution and the information would be made public, according to Campion. But, he says, that process could take “months.”
Bob Mumford, a neighbor to the family since 2001, said he was in shock that the teen was being held in connection with the murders.
“A fine young man that, you know, wandered around the neighborhood and played with the other kids,” he said. “He’s a fine young man. I certainly never would have picked him to do something like this. I can’t imagine what happened in there.”
Mumford said the Dukes were “wonderful neighbors.”
“That’s a wonderful family and I can guarantee you they haven’t made a young lady yet that’s been sweeter than Chloe Duke,” he said. “And Shannon too. She was a wonderful mother. It’s a wonderful family… It’s a real tragedy.”
Additional updates will be added to the story, please check back.
The Anchorage Police Department is investigating an apparent double homicide which took place at a South Anchorage home Tuesday evening.
Police were contacted Tuesday by a man who said he found someone dead in his home. APD responded to a home on the 3600 block of Spinnaker Drive just before 7 p.m. and found two female victims — one at the bottom of the stairs and the other upstairs.
One victim was in her late teens to early 20s, according to APD Officer John Daily, while the other is in her late 40s.
Daily said police were investigating the homicides as “a domestic violence” incident, because the victims were related. He said the man who called 911 lived at the home and was the younger victim’s father. He also stated police believed the victims were mother and daughter.
No suspects have been charged, Daily said.
APD spokeswoman Jennifer Castro confirmed a silver 2001 Chevrolet pickup truck police were looking for earlier Tuesday was connected to the homicide. Daily said it belonged to one of the victims. He said police, with the assistance of Alaska State Troopers, found it shortly after sending out a statement asking for the public’s help in locating the vehicle.
APD looking for Silver 2001 Chevy Truck, EEF379, short bed, extended cab, matching topper w/ loud muffler. Please call police if seen.
— APD Public Info. (@APDInfo) January 6, 2016
Homicide detectives and the Crime Scene Team were at the scene Tuesday investigating.
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.
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