Troopers initiate manhunt for missing Kiana suspect

Teddy K. Smith should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anchorage Daily NewsSeptember 10, 2012 

Troopers have been searching for the son of a woman found dead in her home in the Western Alaska village of Kiana and say he should be considered armed and dangerous.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Teddy K. Smith, 45, of Kiana on charges of third-degree assault and fourth-degree weapons misconduct, Alaska State Troopers said Monday evening. Dolly Smith, 74, was found dead in her home Friday night.

The charges arise from Smith's behavior after his mother died. Troopers say their investigation into the death, which they call suspicious, continues.

Teddy Smith was drinking on Friday, and when the first responders arrived at Dolly Smith's home, he fired a weapon toward a crowd of people, troopers said.

He fled and hasn't been seen since, troopers said.

Troopers asked residents of Kiana to stay indoors for the first 24 hours after the incident while they searched for Smith.

The village public safety officer relayed the message through VHF radio, residents said. Planes stopped flying on Saturday, said Frank McCafferty, the acting station manager for Era Aviation and Bering Air.

Village residents say they were on "lockdown."

Troopers say that after the first 24 hours, they did not request any lockdown or closure of the school, airport or community.

Troopers say Smith has not made any threats and that they have not received any information to indicate that residents of the community of Kiana or surrounding villages are in danger.

Kiana is a village of about 375 people about 57 miles east of Kotzebue.

Teddy Smith had a role in the independent film "On the Ice," which was shot in Barrow and tells the story of aftermath of a seal hunt in which a young man is killed by another. On his Facebook page, he also talks about appearing in another Alaska film, "Wildlike," which is under production. On Sept. 5, he posted an update saying he had two job offers and didn't know what to do.

Dolly Smith was a traditional elder, villagers said, but she too was on Facebook. Her husband, Donald, died in June, residents said. She posted a picture of him building a dog sled.

Anyone with information on Teddy Smith's whereabouts is asked to contact the Alaska State Troopers in Kotzebue at 907-442-3222.


Reach Lisa Demer at ldemer@adn.com or 257-4390.

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