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Injuries found on Juneau mayor's body; police await autopsy results

Juneau's mayor had suffered injuries when his son found him dead Monday afternoon, investigators say.

Stephen "Greg" Fisk, 70, was found dead inside his residence in downtown Juneau, according to Ian Fisk, who police say called dispatchers at 3:34 p.m. Monday.

Juneau police spokeswoman Erann Kalwara said Tuesday that she couldn't describe the injuries found on Fisk's body due to the ongoing investigation.

"The injuries could be characterized as signs of trauma," Kalwara said. "He's being sent for an autopsy, and what we're going to find out after the autopsy is the cause of death."

Kalwara said police didn't find any signs of forced entry at the home and haven't made any determination whether Fisk was assaulted. In a statement Monday night, police called rumors of an assault on Fisk "speculation."

"At this time, we're still investigating it as an unattended death," Kalwara said. "When Ian Fisk entered the residence, it appeared that Mayor Fisk was the only person in the residence."

Fisk's death just weeks after he was elected has left the Alaska capital in shock. Deputy Mayor Mary Becker has been slated to take over for Fisk, a fisheries consultant who defeated incumbent Merrill Sanford in October to win the mayor's seat.


Due to the investigation, Kalwara declined to discuss when or where Fisk was last seen alive, what surveillance video or witnesses police have found in or near the home, or any suspects or persons sought for questioning.

"There's nothing we have to indicate that anyone in Juneau or the area is in danger," Kalwara said.

Kalwara said police also haven't determined whether medical issues, a potential fall or suicide may have been involved in Fisk's death.

"There's nothing to rule that out at this point," Kalwara said. "That's still one of the many possibilities out there."

Check back for updates.

Chris Klint

Chris Klint is a former ADN reporter who covered breaking news.