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‘Person of interest’ in fatal Anchorage shooting sought by police

Anchorage police are asking for public help finding a “person of interest” who may have information about what they’re calling a drug-related shooting near downtown Anchorage this month that left a woman dead.

Anchorage police are asking for the public’s help in locating 38-year-old Falesavili J. Mataia in connection with the homicide of Salisa Loucks on February 4, 2019. (Courtesy Anchorage Police Department)

Detectives are looking for Falesavili J. Mataia, 38, who they believe may have information about the death of 30-year-old Salisa Loucks, police said.

Officers found Loucks dead in a Jeep SUV in an alley on the 200 block of East 12th Avenue late on Feb. 4. She had been shot in the upper body, according to police.

Police described Mataia as 5 feet, 9 inches and 185 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Investigators ask anyone with information about Mataia’s whereabouts to call dispatch at 311 or Crime Stoppers at 907-561-STOP to remain anonymous. Police are also taking anonymous tips at

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