JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say a 14-year-old boy is being held as a suspect in the death of a 13-year-old girl in southeast Alaska.

Troopers said Saturday that investigators identified the boy, from Kake, as a suspect and placed him into custody. He is being transported to a Department of Juvenile Justice holding facility in Ketchikan. His name is being withheld because he is a minor.

The body of 13-year-old Mackenzie Howard was found the night of Feb. 5 in the entryway of Memorial Presbyterian Church in Kake after a large gathering with out-of-town visitors was held at the church.

An autopsy by the State Medical Examiner Office confirmed her death was a result of a homicide.

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