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Grisly details alleged in homeless camp homicide

Craig MedredAlaska Dispatch

Following the discovery of a body Thursday in a homeless camp along the Chester Creek Greenbelt in Anchorage and the subsequent announcement that it was being investigated as a homicide, police now report that the victim has been identified as 42-year-old George Steven Brower and that two have been charged in the death. Samuel Mishler, 30, and Cynthia Kanayurak-Austin, 35, were arrested Saturday night. Mishler faces a charge of first degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder, while Kanayurak-Austin faces two counts of second-degree murder. Both were arraigned on Sunday. According to Anchorage police, the two had been drinking with Brower during the day and an altercation broke out, during which Mishler put Brower in a choke-hold and Kanayurak-Austin bit Brower on the face. Mishler then allegedely strangled Brower with a tent strap or cord. Police also interviewed a third person and determined he was not involved in Brower's death. Bail for Mishler was set at $500,000, while Kanayurak-Austin's bail was set at $400,000 following the arraignment, according to the Anchorage Daily News.