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Teen Boy Charged in Alaska Native Girl's Death

A teen boy has been charged in connection to the homicide of Mackenzie Howard, the Alaska Native teen who was found in Kake February 5.

A 14-year-old is being held in connection with the death of Mackenzie H. Howard, the 13-year-old Kake, Alaska Native who was found February 5, Alaska State Troopers told Anchorage Daily News on Saturday, February 16.

The boy’s name is not being released because he is underage, but troopers arrested him Saturday and transported him to Ketchikan, Alaska State Trooper spokesman Tim Despain told the Daily News.

"Charges are pending," Despain said. "They're not making public just what he's charged with. He's certainly a suspect in the homicide."

Mackenzie was found in the entryway of a church across from her home February 5 after memorial services had been held for Tlingit elder and board member of the Sealaska Corporation, Clarence Jackson Sr.

Trooper Lt. Rex Leath, who is overseeing the investigation, told the Daily News he could not divulge any more details into the charges the boy faces or what possible motives could have been involved in Mackenzie’s death.

"He is our only suspect in this case at this time, and we did take him into custody because of his responsibility in the murder," Leath said. "We have looked into those questions, and we have found the answers but we can't release them until he goes before a judge."

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