Police to charge 16-year-old in missing girl's murder

Posted: Monday, August 19, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 16-year-old boy will be charged with the stabbing death of a 13-year-old girl who had been missing for six days after sneaking from her bedroom window.

Anchorage police said a sealed grand jury indictment handed down last week accuses the 16-year-old of stabbing 13-year-old Delaney Zutz numerous times. Traces of the suspect's semen were also found on the girl's clothes.

Police said they expect the suspect to be charged as an adult in a Monday afternoon arraignment. His name will not be released until then. He was already in custody at McLaughlin Youth Center on a July 27 auto theft charge.

Investigators also seized the suspect's home computer. On it they found a number of violent and sexually explicit Internet sites, police Chief Walt Monegan said in Monday morning press conference.

Police said the suspect claims to have blacked out from alcohol and doesn't remember the events leading to Zutz' death.

Zutz was reported missing for six days after sneaking out of her parents' home in the early morning hours of July 10. Police said she left with a boy who came to her basement bedroom window, the same boy now charged in her death.

Her body was later found in some woods near the family's South Anchorage home.

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