Crime & Courts

Police identify 30-year-old woman as victim in video slaying

Police say the woman beaten and killed last month in an Anchorage hotel room was 30-year-old Kathleen J. Henry.

Henry’s remains were found near the Seward Highway along Turnagain Arm south of Anchorage earlier this month. Police said in an update Thursday that she died following a brutal assault in early September. Graphic videos of her last hours, including the beating and fatal strangulation, were found on a digital card in late September, authorities said this week.

Police arrested 48-year-old Brian Steven Smith on first-degree murder charges in connection with the crime on Wednesday.

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