Two US Coast Guardsmen have been killed on Kodiak Island, schools in the area were locked down and then cleared to reopen.
As in all military cases of death of servicemen, the names of two Coast Guard members who were apparently victims of a double homicide have not yet been identified. Twenty fours must elapse before the Guardsmen can be identified, despite the notification of their relatives already.
The two victims have been identified as: Richard Belisle, a civilian employee and retired Coast Guard chief petty officer and Petty Officer 1st Class James Hopkins, an electronics technician by MSNBC.
The two were stationed at the Kodiak Island communications station, they were found early on Thursday morning by another Coast Guard member, and no suspect has yet been identified in the case.
When the bodies were discovered and reported, a school on the base was locked down until 1:00 p.m. and then allowed to proceed with the school day routinely. In all, there were six schools in the district which participated in the lock-down.
"Right now, we're still actively investigating this case," said Chief Petty Officer Kip Wadlow. "We are working with local law enforcement, but anything outside of that, Coast Guard policy prevents me from releasing specific details."
The Anchorage Daily News reports that all sixty Coast Guard personnel were involved in the base lock-down during the time also. Eric Gonzalez, the FBI spokesman, stated that both FBI agents and support staff will be on-site to work on the investigation along with Alaska State Troopers.
"Obviously, to the extent that there's a person responsible still on the loose, that's going to be a priority," Gonzalez said. "Any time there's a crime scene, you run that risk, that the person who committed the crime is still in the area."
Petty Officer Charly Hengen noted that the station was a secured area and all visitors and staff must show identification, Coast Guard spokeswoman Sara Francis stated; visitors and those not actually working at the station are usually provided escorts.
Capt. Jesse Moore was quoted at CNN as saying: "We are deeply saddened that we lost two shipmates," Moore said in a news release. "This is a rare occurrence, and we are going to do everything possible to ensure we find out exactly what happened."