Police have identified the woman whose murder was discovered after another woman found a memory card that had brutal video of a hotel room murder.
According to the Anchorage Daily News, authorities have identified the woman murdered in an Anchorage hotel room last month as 30-year-old Kathleen J. Henry.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, a woman contacted police after she discovered an SD card lying on the street in the Fairview neighborhood. The SD card was reportedly labeled “Homicide at midtown Marriott” and contained a video of a woman being beaten and strangled in the hotel room. The suspect, identified as 48-year-old Brian Steven Smith, also allegedly stomped on the woman’s throat.
On October 2, two days after the woman who found the SD card contacted police, authorities discovered Henry’s remains near the Seward Highway, south of Anchorage.
Smith has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder. As CrimeOnline previously noted, police believe Smith recorded the killing himself about a month before Henry’s body was found.
Authorities have not yet commented on a possible motive for the crime.
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