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'They just thought he didn't matter': Friends question Juneau police effort in case of missing Native man


When a 22-year-old Juneau white man with autism went missing last week and was found in less than 24 hours, questions arose from family and friends of a missing Alaska Native man — who is the same exact age — about police priorities in Native and non-Native cases.

"(An officer) was like, 'Your brother was highly intoxicated and he runs with a crowd that's transient,' " Liddie-Marie Armstrong, 34, told the Empire in an interview Tuesday.

Armstrong is Christopher Orcutt's sister and lives in Washington state, where Orcutt is from. She said her brother is not homeless or a transient as a public information release from the Juneau Police Department states outright. Instead, she said her brother has a home in Washington, works as a cook at different restaurants and only traveled to Juneau to visit family and friends because it's where he spent most of his youth.


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