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Police Have Leads But No Arrests in Killing of Two Alaskan Women

January 10, 1996

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) _ Police have mounted a large-scale search to find who was responsible for shooting two women from Alaska to death in a lakeside town.

``We have a lot of evidence,″ Panajachel police Chief Adan Castillo said Tuesday by telephone. He said 25 ``homicide experts″ are investigating.

No arrests have been made.

Lucinda Bousquet, 45, and Ann Ahern, 40, were shot in the head Sunday night at a hotel on Lake Atitlan, a popular tourist destination about 40 miles west of Guatemala City.

Castillo said they were shot with the same gun.

Both women had been living in Anchorage, Alaska, though Ahern was a British citizen. Their identities were confirmed Tuesday by John Roney, a spokesman for the U.S. Embassy.

Castillo said the motive for the slayings remained unclear, although it could have been a robbery.

Many of the investigators were assigned to the case by the federal Interior Ministry, which oversees domestic security. Tourism is Guatemala’s second-largest earner of foreign currency after coffee exports.

Guatemala has been shaken by a recent increase in crime. Most of the victims have been locals, but tourists have also been affected.

Two tourists, one an American, were killed in a robbery last month.

In March 1994, a Fairbanks, Alaska, woman was severely beaten by a mob in a Guatemalan village after rumors spread that Americans were kidnapping Guatemalan children.

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