At 4:06 PM on September 30, 2019, Anchorage Police responded to the 3600-block of Lake Otis Parkway in reference to suspicious circumstances. A citizen had called APD Dispatch and claimed they found an SD card containing a video of a homicide. Officers met with the caller who stated the SD card was lying on the street in the Fairview neighborhood.

The SD card contained several videos which appeared to show the assault and subsequent homicide of an adult female. Detectives with the Homicide Unit were notified and began an investigation.

At 9:14 AM on October 2, 2019, officers responded to milepost 108 of the Seward Highway in regards to human remains being found near the roadway.

Through the course of the investigation, detectives determined the crime took place in Anchorage during the first week of September. They identified 48-year-old Brian Steven Smith as the suspect and believe the human remains are of the adult female in the video. A warrant for his arrest for the charge of Murder I was obtained on October 7, 2019. On October 8, 2019 around 3:30 p.m., Smith was taken into custody at the Ted Stevens International Airport. He was questioned by detectives and remanded at the Anchorage Jail overnight on his outstanding warrant. 

APD Detectives are working with the Medical Examiner’s Office to confirm the victim’s identity and manner of death. Once that has been completed, and next-of-kin notification has been made, her name will be released.

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