By Associated Press - Friday, December 23, 2016

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Fairbanks police say they have closed an old homicide case involving the death of a 60-year-old man at a local homeless camp after it was recently re-examined.

Police say current investigators took a look at the June 2004 death of Edward Sikvayugak (sick-VIE’-uh-gack).

Police say a suspect had been identified early in the original investigation, and had been forensically linked to the victim through DNA. But detectives at the time were unable to build a case.

According to police, current investigators re-examined the case, and it was resubmitted for prosecution.

Police say investigators, however, tried to contact the suspect. Police say it was discovered the suspect had suffered a “debilitating medical condition that would render them unable to aid in their own defense should the case be prosecuted.”

Police say they will not release that person’s name, adding that the individual is not in Fairbanks and there is no danger to the public.

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