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The Latest: Alaska man tied to girl’s death appears in court

September 19, 2018
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This undated photo provided by Scotty Barr shows Ashley Johnson-Barr. An Alaska man found with the cellphone of the missing girl was charged Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, in connection with her death after GPS coordinates of where the phone had traveled led authorities to the girl's body. (Scotty Barr via AP)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on an Alaska man charged in connection with disappearance and death of 10-year-old girl (all times local):

4:15 p.m.

An Alaska man linked to a missing 10-year-old girl’s death made his first appearance in federal court Tuesday.

Peter Wilson, 41, of Kotzebue is charged with making false statements as authorities tried to find Ashley Johnson-Barr.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank Russo, the criminal chief for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Alaska, said in court a grand jury also could return an indictment against Wilson this week. If that happens, Wilson would be arraigned Friday. If not, he would return to court Sept. 27.

The girl had been missing since Sept. 6. She was found dead Friday just outside Kotzebue, a town of about 3,100 people on Alaska’s northwestern coast.

An FBI affidavit says Wilson had the girl’s cellphone, whose GPS coordinates of where the phone traveled led to the girl’s body. The affidavit says the girl’s death appears to be a homicide, but her death remains under investigation.

The federal Public Defender’s office was appointed to represent Wilson.

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10:35 a.m.

An Alaska man charged in connection with a 10-year-old girl’s disappearance and death will make his first appearance in Federal Court Tuesday.

Forty-one-year-old Peter Wilson of Kotzebue is charged with making false statements as authorities tried to find Ashley Johnson-Barr.

The girl had been missing since Sept. 6. She was found dead Friday just outside Kotzebue, a town of about 3,100 people on Alaska’s northwestern coast.

An FBI affidavit says Wilson had the girl’s cell phone and GPS coordinates of where the phone traveled led to the girl’s body.

Wilson will make his first appearance in U.S. District Court in Anchorage Tuesday afternoon. Online court records do not list an attorney for Wilson.

The affidavit says the girl’s death appears to be a homicide, but her death remains under investigation.

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