Autopsy results show no signs of trauma in brothers deaths

Posted: Thursday, March 27, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Preliminary autopsy results show no obvious signs of trauma in the deaths of two young Anchorage brothers whose bodies were found this week in a partially frozen pond.

But the deaths of 8-year-old Malcolm Johnson and his 5-year-old brother Isaiah have not yet been ruled accidental, said Police Chief Walt Monegan. Police will continue to investigate the case as a crime until all evidence is in, Monegan said.

The brothers had been missing about two weeks when their bodies were found Tuesday evening in the pond about a half mile from their home.

After their March 10 disappearance, a massive ground search was launched. Authorities checked the pond early on but found no obvious signs of disturbance on the ice.

Police later said they believed the boys had been abducted.

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