Man arrested for lying to the FBI after missing Alaska girl found dead

Ashley Johnson-Barr was Friday found dead in the vicinity of Kotzebue, Alaska. She disappeared Sept. 6.

(Kotzebue Police)

A missing girl, 10, found dead in Alaska, and a 41-year-old man has been arrested by the FBI in connection with the disappearance.

Ashley Johnson-Barr was reported missing Sept. 6 in Kotzebue, a remote Inupiat Eskimo town on Alaska’s northwest coast.

Her body was on Friday found to the east of the city, the Alaska State Troopers said.

Peter Wilson is charged with making a false statement to the FBI agents assigned to the case, FBI spokeswoman Staci Feger-Pellessier said late Friday.


Ashley was going home when she disappeared. She was last seen playing with friends at Rainbow Park.

The researchers found her cell phone a half-mile of the park. The location was in the opposite direction from her home in the community of 3,100 people.

After eight days, the search for Ashley has come to an unfortunate end,” the state troopers said in a statement.

Earlier Friday, Ashley’s father, Walter “Scotty” Barr said in a text message that his daughter was a “very happy person” who always had a smile no matter what,” according to the Anchorage Daily News.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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