FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Alaskan man linked to the death of the 10-year-old Kotzebue girl pleaded not guilty today in U.S. District Court in Anchorage. 41-year-old Peter Wilson is being charged with making false statements as FBI agents and others searched for Ashely Johnson-Barr in Kotzebue. She went missing September 6 and her remains were found September 14 in rough tundra that could only be accessed by a four-wheeler or on foot.
No one else has been charged in connection with her death, which authorities say appears to be a homicide. After today's proceedings, assistant U.S. Attorney Frank Russo, the criminal chief for the U.S. Attorney's office in Alaska, said the federal grand jury could still bring additional charges against Wilson.
John Skidmore, the criminal division director for the state Department of Law, said state charges are expected to be filed Monday in the connection with the girl's death, however he declined to say what charges will be filed.