Quinhagak Man Arrested For Murder of 25-year-old Woman

Harold Smith, 26, was arrested in Quinhagak Monday and charged with the first degree murder of 25-year-old Lisa Johnson.

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Johnson’s body was found off a trail near the end of the new runway in Quinhagak on February 3.

A weeks-long investigation by state troopers determined that Johnson was killed in another location, allegedly during an altercation with Smith. “Smith then moved Johnson’s body to the location it was found and attempted to conceal it with brush,” said trooper spokesperson Megan Peters.

Smith is being held without bail at the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center pending an arraignment Tuesday afternoon.

Ben Matheson is a contributor with the Alaska Public Radio Network.

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