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Police Seek Four Suspects for Questioning in Killings

January 25, 1996

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) _ Police are seeking three Italians and a Salvadoran for questioning in the killing of two tourists at a lakeside resort earlier this month.

Adan Castillo, chief of the National Police in the lakeside resort of Panajachel, said Wednesday that the four had been staying at the same hotel where the women were killed on Jan. 7.

Castillo declined to identify them.

He said the Italians, the Salvadoran and the two victims had been seen together the day of the murder _ first at a beach on nearby Atitlan Lake, then later that evening at a bar near where the women were killed.

Lucinda Bousquet, 45, of Anchorage, Alaska, and Ann Ahern, 40, a Briton living in Anchorage, were each shot once in the head at the Jacaranda Hotel.

Although authorities said no valuable items were taken from the women, they have not ruled out robbery as a motive.

The murders in Panajachel, about 40 miles west of Guatemala City, are part of the country’s rising tide of crime and violence. Last month, two tourists, one an American, were killed in a robbery.

In March 1994, 54-year-old June Weinstock, of Fairbanks, Alaska, was severely beaten by a mob that believed Americans were involved in child and organ trafficking.

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