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Foul Play Not Ruled Out in Death of Juneau, Alaska, Mayor Greg Fisk

Police wouldn't rule out foul play after they discovered undisclosed injuries on the body of Juneau, Alaska, Mayor Greg Fisk.
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Police haven't ruled out foul play in the death of Juneau, Alaska, Mayor Greg Fisk after they said Tuesday they had discovered undisclosed injuries on his body.

Fisk, 70, who was elected mayor in October, was found Monday afternoon at home by his son, Juneau police said. They wouldn't speculate on a cause of death, saying an autopsy was pending.

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Police said they have ruled out suicide — but they wouldn't rule out foul play. Fisk was found alone, and there was no evidence of forced entry, they said.

Juneau Police Chief Bryce Johnson said in an interview on NBC station KTUU of Anchorage that "injuries" were discovered on the mayor's body. He wouldn't discuss the location or nature of the injuries, but he said Fisk hadn't been shot.

Juneau police spokeswoman Erann Kalwara also wouldn't discuss the injuries, telling KTUU: "We’re not sure if they were sustained due to an assault or a fall. There could be a lot of different reasons for them."

In a statement, the police department cautioned against drawing conclusions based on "speculation."

Fisk, a former fisheries specialist for the state's Commerce Department, was a longtime civic activist, having served on numerous Juneau boards and commissions over the past decade. According to his campaign literature, he moved to Alaska in 1959, the year it became a state, and had lived in Juneau, the state capital, for 34 years.

Fisk defeated incumbent Merrill Sanford with almost two-thirds of the vote to become mayor in October. Deputy Mayor Mary Becker is now serving as acting mayor under state law.