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Q. ok what happen at the dump on Saturday, why is it a big secret,its been 48hours and no news abut it?

Dear Juneau Resident,

This is one of those difficult cases to handle when it comes to releasing information. The initial investigation shows no crime but lots of people knew and were concerned about what was going on since the landfill was closed and police cars were there. The rumors flew!

We have to balance wanting to assure the public that there is not a dangerous person on the loose that did something to another person against a familiesí understandable desire for some privacy to cope with the tragedy. You would probably want that if your family was involved.

The compromise in this case was to allow the family to catch a breath and then reassure the public. These decisions are not an exact science and there are many valid viewpoints.

Here is the current press release:


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