JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An autopsy was being conducted Wednesday on the body of Juneau’s recently elected mayor, who was found dead in his home earlier this week.
Dawnell Smith, a spokeswoman for the state health department, said preliminary results of the autopsy will be shared with Juneau police Wednesday. Police planned to hold a briefing Wednesday afternoon to provide an update on the case, spokeswoman Erann Kalwara said by email.
Smith said the medical examiner’s office only shares results with the family and public officials, which in this case is the Juneau police department.
Smith said a final report will not be issued until toxicology testing is complete. She said that can take two to eight weeks.
Police have been awaiting autopsy results to announce a possible cause of death for 70-year-old Stephen « Greg » Fisk. There was no sign of forced entry into Fisk’s home above Juneau’s downtown, where he was found Monday. Police have tentatively ruled out gunshots, drugs or suicide in the death.
In a statement Monday night, police acknowledged rumors of an assault but called those rumors « speculation. » The department has fielded media inquiries from around the country, Kalwara said Tuesday. Sometimes, it’s obvious at the scene that a person died of natural causes. « In this case, we just can’t confirm that yet or rule anything out, » she said Tuesday afternoon.
Fisk had scheduled appointments Monday and when he missed them, his adult son, Ian, went to his father’s home and spotted the body. Fisk lived alone.
Fisk, a fisheries consultant, won the mayoral election in October, ousting the incumbent. He was sworn in Oct. 20, city clerk Laurie Sica said. Deputy Mayor Mary Becker was named acting mayor.
Ian Fisk said in an email that his family is grieving privately.
« We sincerely appreciate the support of the community and we recognize that, as would be the case with any public figure, his death brings a lot of attention, » Ian Fisk said. « At this time we have no reason to speculate as to the cause of his death and are awaiting the results of his autopsy. Meanwhile I will not be responding to any further media requests of any kind, and ask for your understanding. »
Dan Joling contributed to this report from Anchorage, Alaska.
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