Man claims he killed someone 35 years ago

Posted: Tuesday, December 24, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- Police have their man, his motive and the way he dispatched the victim. All they need now is a crime.

Barry Holloway, 55, claims he was paid $5,000 to kill a man near Juneau in 1967, Alaska State Troopers said. Holloway recently confessed to the crime to his local police and has been jailed ever since.

Holloway's location was not released.

Given Holloway's vague memory, that the crime was a murder-for-hire, and the length of time since the incident, police are having a hard time figuring out who the victim was. Investigators from the Alaska State Troopers and the Juneau Police Department are asking the public for help in identifying a possible victim.

''We've looked through missing persons reports, talked to fishermen who were around at the time, looked through Coast Guard reports, search and rescue reports, and haven't gotten anywhere,'' said Juneau Police Department investigator Paul Hatch.

''It's frustrating. You hate to let something like this go. Especially when you have someone saying, 'Hey, I was involved in this,' and then we have to let him go because we can't find anyone who's been killed.

''We can't have a criminal if there's no crime.''

Victim or no victim, in late September this year, Holloway went to his local sheriff's department to tell his tale.

Holloway told authorities he was on a boat with the victim somewhere off the coast of Juneau sometime in 1967. Troopers said Holloway is vague about the body of water the boat was in and cannot remember whether it was a fishing vessel or a charter boat. He did not describe the victim and did not know his name.

Holloway told authorities he struck the man over the head, threw him in the water, and left him for dead.

According to court records, Holloway was arrested in Fairbanks on undisclosed charges in July 1967 and in California in October 1967. He remained in custody in California for all of 1968, troopers said.

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