FAIRBANKS, Alaska The body of a missing Anchorage woman was discovered yesterday, and a 16 year old has been charged with the murder. The victim, 19 year old Cynthia Hoffman, was killed on the Thunderbird Falls trail on June 2nd.
According to the findings from the investigation, Hoffman went to the trail with 16 year old Kayden McIntosh and a friend, later identified as Denali Brehmer. The Charging Documents say that the three were smoking Marijuana before driving to Anchorage. They stopped at Thunderbird Falls and walked to a riverbank where Hoffman was reportedly bound with duct tape to pose for pictures. After an altercation, McIntosh shot Hoffman in the back of the head, pushed her body into the river, and fled with Brehmer. The two are then said to have brought Hoffman's belongings to Polar Bear Park, and used her phone to text family members, saying that she was dropped off there, which is where the missing person’s investigation started.
The next day, a family member was told by Brehmer that Hoffman was shot and pushed into the water, information that was relayed to the authorities. Police found and questioned Brehmer, who led them to Hoffman's body on the river bank. McIntosh was arrested, and faces charges of first degree murder and evidence tampering while Brehmer was questioned and released.
This is an ongoing investigation, and more charges are possible in the future.