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