Crime & Courts

Person of interest in triple homicide near Wasilla arrested without incident

PALMER -- The man Alaska State Troopers called a “person of interest” in a triple homicide near Wasilla was arrested on an unrelated federal warrant Thursday.

Juan Camarena, 51, called troopers and arranged to meet at a Wasilla location, according to an update troopers released Thursday afternoon. He was taken into custody around 11:30 a.m. without incident.

Camarena was last seen in the Big Lake area before Thursday’s arrest, troopers have said.

Investigators are questioning him about the killings, which took place Nov. 2 off Knik-Goose Bay Road and Knik Knack Mud Shack Road. Authorities initially found the bodies of Michael Attwood, 25, of Big Lake and Donna Marie Campos, 37, of Wasilla. Several days later, they also found a third victim, 28-year-old Alyssa Jimenez of Big Lake.

Troopers have not said why they believe Camarena knows something about the slayings.