Suspected cold case homicide from 2012 in Sitka reopened

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Sitka Police Department has reopened a cold case from 2012 into the disappearance of Lael Grant.

    The department says it reopened the case in an effort to re-examine and ensure that a thorough and completed investigation was conducted and to potentially find evidence as to her disappearance.

    To that end, the Nelson Logging Road and the  Tony Hrebar Shooting Range will be closed this Saturday and Sunday.

    The woman's vehicle was found abandoned on October 20, 2012, eight miles outside of Sitka along the road in the ATV parking lot next to the shooting range.  Police determined it had been there since October 18.

    An extensive search of the area then turned up no sign of Grant.

    Police say Grant was involved with drugs, particularly methamphetamine, and believe she was the victim of a homicide. She was declared legally dead in June 2015.

    In addition to police, the search will involve members of the Sitka Fire Department, Sitka Mountain Rescue, and Public Safety Academy cadets.   Teams of cadaver dogs will be used in the effort.



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