This two-part series, which was published on Alaska Dispatch May 14-15, examins the double-homicide of two men on one of America's most remote and famous U.S. Coast Guard bases.
On the morning of April 12, 2012, 41-year-old James Hopkins and 51-year-old Richard Belisle were gunned down while at work on the Coast Guard's Kodiak base. They were in what is called the “rigger shop” near the communication station, or ComSta for short. One of them was an active Coastie. The other was a former Coastie, who continued working on the base as a civilian.
As of May 26, 2012, the killer is still on the loose on America's second-largest island --Kodiak Island. We'll continue to add updated stories on this page.