Police Name Woman Found Dead in Bethel Park, Arrest Suspect

by Daysha Eaton on May 25, 2015

150524 Bethel Body (pic)

Bethel Police blocked off a section of Pinky’s Park boardwalk to investigate Sunday after the body of a woman was found in the early morning hours. – Photo by Daysha Eaton/KYUK

This story was updated 6/26. Justine Paul is scheduled for arraignment at 1:30 p.m. today.

Bethel Police have identified the woman found dead in a Park Sunday. Lieutenant Joe Corbett says she was from Bethel. 

“Investigators were able to obtain the identification of the deceased as Eunice Whitman. She is 23 years old; she’s from Bethel here. She sustained multiple stab wounds we know of. We don’t, right now, have a complete cause of death without the medical examiners report and the autopsy, but that obviously looked like a contributor,” said Corbett.

Police say witnesses reported the body early Sunday, and remains were found around 4 a.m. Investigators from the Alaska State Troopers Alaska Bureau of Investigation were dispatched to the scene from Anchorage and are working with the BPD Investigations Unit.

Whitman was found in the bushes near the Pinky’s Park boardwalk between public housing and the park. Sunday night Bethel Police identified a suspect, Whitman’s boyfriend, Justine Paul.

“Investigators were able to identify a suspect in her boyfriend, Mr. Justine Paul, he’s also known as Justin Paul, he pronounces it Justin. He’s also 24 years old. He’s originally from Kipnuk, moved to Bethel,” said Corbett.

Police say they searched Paul’s home and found evidence they believe links him to the murder. A search of Paul was also conducted for trace forensic evidence. Paul, whom police say is a convicted felon, was interviewed and arrested for Murder in the First Degree.

Paul was remanded to the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center. He is scheduled for arraignment at the Bethel court at 1:30 p.m. today.

Although an arrest has been made, the Bethel Police Department is still actively investigating the case. Police urge witnesses to call the Bethel Police Department at (907) 543-3781 and speak with Investigative Sergeant Amy Davis.

This is a developing story. Listen to KYUK and check www.kyuk.org

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