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UPDATE: On 6/30/2020, Jordan Mark was indicted by a Bethel Grand Jury for Murder in the First Degree, Sexual Abuse of a Minor in the First Degree and Tampering with Evidence in relation to the death of Ida Aguchak in Quinhagak on March 16, 2020.
On 3/23/2020 at approximately 1230 hours, following an intensive investigation and interviews regarding the homicide of 10-year old Ida Aguchak, Jordan T. Mark, 18 of Quinhagak, was arrested. Mark is charged with Murder in the First Degree, Sexual Abuse of a Minor in the First Degree, Kidnapping and Tampering with Physical Evidence. The Department of Public Safety would like to recognize its Alaska Bureau of Investigation Major Crimes Unit, Technical Crimes Unit and Special Crimes Unit for taking the lead on this case. Additionally, we would like to thank the responding Bethel Patrol Troopers, our Aircraft Section and the scientist at the State Crime Detection Laboratory for their invaluable assistance through the course of the investigation.
Second Update: On 3/19/2020 at approximately 1540 hours, the Alaska State Troopers received preliminary autopsy information from the State Medical Examiner’s Office. In addition to the two Bethel Patrol Troopers that initially responded to the community, five investigators with ABI have responded and are committed to staying in the community for the duration of the investigation. The investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with information they believe will be helpful to investigators, to contact ABI at 907-269-5611.
First Update: The deceased in this ongoing death investigation is identified as Ida Aguchak, age 10, of Quinhagak.
Original Text: On 3/16/2020 at approximately 1700 hours, Bethel AST received a report of a missing child in the community of Quinhagak. At 1949 hours AST received a report that the missing child’s body had been located by local searchers on the outskirts of town. TPOs from Quinhagak responded and secured the scene until AST from Bethel arrived by air. During the early morning hours of 3/17/2020, investigators with the Alaska Bureau of Investigation (ABI) responded to Quinhagak and assumed case responsibility. This is an active investigation and no further details are available at this time. Next of kin have been notified.
Posted on 3/17/2020 11:19:27 AM by DPS\tjdespain