FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 3, 2014
The Fairbanks Police Department investigation of the January 29, 2014 fire at 3550 Geraghty Street, has led to the indictment of Conar Groppel, DOB 5/26/96. Charges include Murder in the First Degree, Murder in the Second Degree (three counts), Manslaughter, Arson in the First Degree and Second Degree, Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, Burglary in the First Degree (two counts), and Tampering with Evidence (two counts).
The bodies of two women, Jane Connolly, age 50, and Kristina Pence, age 39, were found on the premises after the fire. Numerous people were also treated for smoke inhalation, burns, and exposure. The building had 18 apartments on the second floor and a store and offices on the first floor. Both deceased women were residents of the apartment. The building was substantially damaged, collapsed, and subsequently demolished after investigators completed on-scene evidence recovery and investigation.
Conar Groppel is currently incarcerated on an unrelated incident involving another law enforcement agency and will be remanded on the new charges. Due to the ongoing investigation, no interviews or additional information will be given at this time.
Anyone with information regarding this case, please contact Detective Scott Adams at 450-6552.
Contact: Amber Courtney, Communications Director/PIO 459.6793 or firstname.lastname@example.org