Family Still Seeking Resolution to Carbine Murder


Diana Gish/KMXT

A murder that took place almost 30 years ago in Kodiak remains unsolved. Fisherman Thomas Carbine was found dead in the parking lot of the Beachcomber bar around 3:30 in the morning on July 15th, 1982.

The murder case is receiving a lot of attention lately. Jim Stogsdill of the Alaska Bureau of Investigation explained that even though the crime was committed almost three decades ago, the case was never closed.

(Carbine 1 :47 "It really was … pass it along.")

James Carbine (Car-B-eye-N) is the father of Thomas Carbine. He’s always been baffled that his son’s murder could go unsolved in such a small, close-knit community. The elder Carbine is 85 years old now and still hoping that the murderer will be caught. He said he’s not sure what it will mean to him but he still remains hopeful.

(Carbine 2 :58 "Well, there’s no … from all sides.")

Sharon Carbine (Car-B-eye-n) is an attorney and Thomas Carbine’s cousin. She was 32 years old when his life was cut short at age 27. She has an interest in cold case files and thought it was time to look closer into Thomas’s.

(Carbine 3 :39 "Its getting close to …-4453")

Thomas Carbine (Car-B-eye-n) had been fishing in Bristol Bay when the boat he was working on broke down. It’s thought that he came to Kodiak in search of another job while the vessel was being repaired. Carbine (Car-B-eye-n) spent the evening at the Beachcomber bar in Kodiak on that July night in 1982. He was buying rounds of drinks up until the time he decided to leave. At that point, apparently, someone followed him out of the bar and stabbed him, taking his money and all of his identification.

Investigator Stogsdill says that even though its been so many years since the murder, it’s not unusual for information to surface after the fact.

(Carbine 4 :53 "you know here’s …to pass it along.)

That telephone number for Investigator Jim Stogsdill again is 907-262-4453.


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