Police: Investigation of 2008 Death In DA’s Hands


Jacob Resneck/KMXT

A criminal investigation into the death of a 43-year-old Kodiak man found dead nearly three years ago on Pillar Mountain Road has been concluded and is in the hands of prosecutors. Justin McGriff was found dead April 29, 2008 from massive injuries from what appeared to be a hit-and-run on the gravel road.

Kodiak Police Chief T.C. Kamai says the findings of a nearly two-year investigation had been turned over to District Attorney Stephen Wallace last May.

— mcgriff-killing 1 :28 "It hasn’t been … intends to proceed with it."

McGriff had been working as a dishwasher for a downtown restaurant but had earlier owned and operated a tattoo parlor in Kodiak. Police said at the time they believed he’d been living in a tent on Pillar Mountain.

The district attorney confirmed that his office has received the police report but said he couldn’t comment further.

Kamai said the forensic investigation required outside help and his department wanted to be thorough.

— mcgriff-killing 2 :32 "We had to engage … the district attorney."

Neither Kamai nor Wallace would say how many people are suspected to have been involved in McGriff’s death.


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