Volunteers Search for Evidence in ComSta Double Homicide

120502_cg_murder_search.jpgVolunteers enter an investigator’s phone number into their cell phones. Jennifer Canfield photo

Jennifer Canfield/KMXT

Well over a hundred volunteers, mostly Coast Guard members and family, gathered early this morning at the Communications Station to help the FBI search for evidence related to the murders of Petty Officer 1st Class James Hopkins and retired Chief Petty Officer Richard Belisle. The two men were found dead the morning of April 12th by coworkers at the ComSta.

Coastguardsman Mike Yrjana helps with the search. Jennifer Canfield photo
Coastguardsman Mike Yrjana helps with the search. Jennifer Canfield photo

The volunteers were split into groups of twenty and then dispatched to various sections of Anton Larsen Bay Road, beginning at the ComSta and going all the way out to the main road, Rezanof Drive West.. They were instructed to comb both sides of the road 15 to 20 feet out and to watch for a gun or pieces of a gun, clothing, boots, plastic bags or anything else that looked out of place. Nearly a dozen people showed up with metal detectors.

The search ended just after 11 this morning. A small group of volunteers headed over to the Dumpsters in Bells Flats to search. No evidence was found in either area.

April 12, 2012 Two Dead in USCG ComSta Kodiak Shooting
April 13, 2012 Coast Guard Releases Names of Shooting Victims
April 16, 2012 Community Meeting Over Slayings Called for Tonight
April 17, 2012 Town Hall Meeting Provides Few Answers About Murders
April 18, 2012 Memorial Held for Murdered Coastguardsmen
April 20, 2012 FBI Looking for Info on Two Cars in Connection to ComSta Killings
April 25, 2012 Investigators Need Information on Car Possibly Connected to MurdersĀ 

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