No foul play suspected in Kowee Creek death

By November 8, 2011Outdoors, Syndicated

Juneau Police say the man and woman involved in Sunday’s fatal fall into Kowee Creek on Douglas were running from officers responding to a disturbance call.

No foul play is suspected in the incident, which left 22-year-old Evan Marshall Smith dead and his 18-year-old female companion injured.

JPD Spokeswoman Cindee Brown-Mills says police responded to a disturbance at an apartment on Foster Avenue at approximately 2 a.m. Sunday.

“Apparently there was a disturbance out in the parking lot, and that’s what they were called to,” says Brown-Mills. “But when they got there, the people who were involved in the disturbance had gone into the house.”

Brown-Mill says when police tried to contact the people involved in the disturbance – believed to be Smith and the girl – the pair jumped out a second story window in order to avoid talking to the officers. She says they apparently ran into a wooded area, where they fell off an 80-foot cliff into Kowee Creek.

Brown-Mills says alcohol was likely a factor.

“Apparently there were some possible minor consuming issues,” she says.

The incident remains under investigation as an accident. Brown-Mills says the name of the girl is not being released, because she has not yet been charged with a crime.

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