Juneau's New Mayor Found Dead

Cops say there are rumors of assault
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 1, 2015 2:04 AM CST
Updated Dec 1, 2015 7:10 AM CST
Juneau's New Mayor Found Dead
Greg Fisk is seen in this photo from his campaign's Facebook page.   (Greg Fisk for Mayor)

The mayor of Juneau has been found dead in his home less than two months after he was elected. The body of Greg Fisk, 70, was found by his adult son on Monday afternoon and police, who have not released a cause of death, have been searching the area and interviewing neighbors, the Alaska Dispatch reports. Juneau police are "aware of rumors that an assault occurred in connection with Fisk's death. Those rumors are speculation," police said in a statement Monday night. "Detectives are actively investigating facts of the incident and all evidence is being preserved and documented."

Fisk, a former state fisheries specialist, easily beat incumbent Merrill Sanford last month to become mayor of Alaska's capital, the Dispatch reports. Deputy Mayor Mary Becker, who says Fisk was an old family friend, will now become acting mayor. He was a "wonderful person and a friend and from the calls I've been receiving tonight, I'm not the only one who felt he was a wonderful person and a good friend to Juneau," she tells KTUU. "It's so devastating to have this happen, it's basically unbelievable." (More Juneau stories.)

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