Anchorage police are looking for 24-year-old Timothy Wood as a person of interest in this investigation.

"Detectives believe he has information about this crime and would like to speak with him," police wrote in a statement Wednesday.

Anyone with information about Wood's whereabouts, including surveillance video, is asked to call police dispatch at 311.

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A death Anchorage police said earlier this week was "suspicious in nature" is now considered a homicide.

Steven John, 36, was identified Friday as the man whose body was found in an apartment early Tuesday on West 34th Avenue, police said in an updated statement.

"The (state) medical examiner has determined the death to be a homicide as a result of trauma to the body," police wrote. "This (is) now a homicide investigation."

Thim said investigators were still trying to determine how long John had been in the apartment as well as the nature of the trauma he suffered, due to "the condition of the body when we found it."

"We've talked with multiple people and we're still looking to talk with more, now that it's been ruled a homicide," Thim said. "We don't have any suspect information to release at this time."

Officers were dispatched to the apartment complex on the 600 block of West 34th around 4:15 a.m. Tuesday, after a report of a dead person inside one of the units that had been there for several days. Multiple people were originally detained for questioning.

Anyone with information on John's death should call APD at 311, or contact Anchorage Crime Stoppers anonymously at 907-561-STOP or through its website.

Anchorage police now consider John's death the city's second homicide of 2019, after the fatal shooting of 24-year-old Omar Mandour during a party last week on the 1200 block of LaTouche Street. Police arrested a suspect in the shooting, but Anchorage District Attorney John Novak initially declined to file charges in the case.

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