Ketchikan man shot, killed at Alaska logging camp in apparent homicide

Published: Oct. 26, 2017 at 11:01 AM AKDT
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One man has been declared dead in an isolated logging camp on Prince of Wales Island, and another man is confessing to killing him.

In a statement issued by Alaska State Troopers on Thursday, they say the dead body of Brian Stanton, 64, of Ketchikan, was found at the Phoenix Logging camp just after 6 a.m. on Wednesday.

Troopers traveled to the island to investigate, and found Stanton dead from a gunshot wound to the head. It was reported, troopers say, that they were at "Keete Inlet approximately 15 air miles from Hydaburg on Prince of Wales Island."

The alleged killer in the case has been identified as Timothy Murphy, 26, also of Ketchikan. Troopers say not only did Murphy confess to the shooting of Stanton, but also told other coworkers about it. "[Murphy] made multiple incriminating statements to employees of the logging camp," troopers wrote in a dispatch report.

Workers at the camp detained Murphy until troopers could arrive. Tim Despain, a spokesperson with the Alaska State Troopers, said that troopers arrived on scene at approximately 10:30 a.m. via an AWT vessel.

Murphy was arrested and charged with first degree murder, and has been transported to the Craig Jail. Next of kin for Stanton have been informed of the details regarding the case.

Troopers say they remain on scene overnight to continue the investigation.

This is a developing story and will be updated with further information.