Investigators looking for leads in Kake homicide

ANCHORAGE, AK -- Earlier today, the State Medical Examiner's Office completed the autopsy for a 13-year-old girl, found dead in the Southeast Alaskan community of Kake.

MacKenzie Howard was found dead at a church in Kake Tuesday evening. That's according to the Alaska Department of Public Safety. State Trooper spokesperson Megan Peters said that the medical examiner, as of Friday afternoon, has yet to release the cause and manner of Howard's apparent homicide and it remains a death investigation.

No arrests have been made in the case but Troopers say investigators are working hard to follow up on leads in the small community.

"Folks are pretty, pretty upset, pretty sad still," said Rudy Bean, Kake City Manager. "You know, we just buried an elder and the same night this deal happened, but overall right now the community is hungry for someone to get put behind bars right now."

Candlelight vigils are being held in different parts of the state in light of the homicide. The Juneau Empire reports the Facebook group "Candlelight Vigil for MacKenzie" has organized the events to be held in Kake, Juneau, Anchorage, Sitka and Fairbanks. The Fairbanks vigil was held earlier this evening at the Brooks Building on the UAF campus.