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Mayor sworn in only 6 weeks ago is found dead at home in 'unexplained circumstances'

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 03/12/2015 | 19:20

Stephen 'Greg' Fisk who was found dead earlier this week
Credit: Fisk For mayor website
Stephen 'Greg' Fisk who was found dead earlier this week Credit: Fisk For mayor website

The residents of Juneau, an Alaskan town are puzzled as to what killed their newly-elected mayor, Stephen 'Greg' Fisk.

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The politician was found dead on the floor of his home with unspecified injuries to his person.

A police spokesperson told website Mashable that the major did have injuries on his body.

"We have not confirmed how they were sustained and we continue to work on the investigation while awaiting results of the autopsy.

"At present his death is unexplained," he said.

The Alaska Dispatch Newspaper report that the injuries show 'signs of trauma' but there was no visible forced entry into the mayor's home nor was there anything to suggest he had committed suicide.

Rumours swirled around the small town of approximately 30,000 residents, with police cautioning that allegations of assault were speculation but that it was certainly a possibility.

The body of Mayor Fisk was found by his adult son, Ian, who called 911.

Neighbors reported hearing Ian yelling for help after coming to check on his father, who had failed to answer his phonecalls.

The 70-year-old former fisheries specialist was elected mayor of Juneau in early October with 66% of the vote and was sworn in only six weeks ago.

After his death, the city's deputy mayor, Mary Becker, officially "assumed the Mayor's role," the city said in a statement.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Mayor Greg Fisk," Governor Bill Walker tweeted.

"He will be remembered for his dedicated service to the community of Juneau."

Juneau residents, meanwhile, were saddened by his sudden and unexplained death.

"So sad about our mayor. Untimely and awful, whatever the cause. Was so looking forward to his vision for Juneau," one user tweeted.

"He was so openly passionate about his city and cared deeply about its future. We need mayors like him."

On his campaign website, a photograph of the smiling mayor is displayed above the quote:

"I love Juneau, and believe our best days are ahead."

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