Anchorage man arrested in niece's death

Posted: Sunday, August 04, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police arrested a man on murder charges Friday in the death of his 15-year-old niece, whose body was found in a back bedroom of her grandparents' home.

Marshall Ahvakana II, 25, was arrested on charges of first- and second-degree murder, first-degree sexual assault and second-degree sexual abuse of a minor, police said.

Ahvakana is accused of killing his niece, Nancy Brower.

Police said they were called to a mobile home in East Anchorage Thursday morning by the girl's grandparents.

The grandparents, whose names were not released, told police they left the home sometime last weekend to play bingo while Brower and Ahvakana, their son, remained at the home. When the couple returned, only Ahvakana was there.

Over the next few days, the couple noticed an increasingly foul odor but thought it was a sewage problem. They discovered Brower's body underneath a blanket Thursday.

Following his arrest, Ahvakana was being held on $500,000 cash-only bail.

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