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Discovery heads to Alaska for newest true crime series

Discovery Channel is venturing to Alaska for its newest true crime series, Alaska Homicide. The series sets out to find answers to puzzling real-life cases that have happened  in Alaska, which has ...
April 13, 2017

Discovery Channel is venturing to Alaska for its newest true crime series, Alaska Homicide.

The series sets out to find answers to puzzling real-life cases that have happened  in Alaska, which has more missing people per capita than any other state.

The show follows Lantz Dahlke, an Alaska state trooper who joined the Alaska Bureau of Investigation’s Cold Case Unit to help bring justice to the many missing or murdered victims and their families. However, after only 18 months on the job, the unit was disbanded – leaving most of these cases unsolved. Although the unit is done, Dahlke is more determined than ever to keep searching.

“I’ve been all over the country and there is no state like Alaska. It’s easy to dump bodies here,” Dahlke said, in a statement. “If you shove a body into a crab pot, push it into 150 feet of water, they’re gone forever. Not only are cold cases dark and sinister in nature, but literally for six months we have less sunlight than any other state. It’s a forbidding feeling.”

Alaska Homicide follows Dahlke and his team of investigators as they venture to crack mysterious cases across the state’s unforgiving terrain.

In the first episode, Dahlke heads to the remote town of Nome, Alaska to look into the puzzling disappearance of a 36-year-old man on a road outside of Nome. He digs into the case to determine whether the missing Texas native was killed by a bear, as some believe, or whether he was murdered. Dahlke also looks into the 2004 disappearance of a Saint Lawrence man who came to Nome to visit his girlfriend and vanished under suspicious circumstances.

Alaska Homicide is produced for Discovery Channel by M2 Pictures, where Mike Sinclair and Chris Rowe are executive producers. For Discovery Channel, Matthew Vafiadis is executive producer and Katlyn Higgins is associate producer.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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