Seward Police Patch

Earlier this evening the Seward Police Department released a statement in the death of Preston Atwood indicating that five individuals have been charged in connection with the death.

Arrest warrants were issued for Tyler Goddard, Laurel Correa, Jennifer Harren, Melanie Goddard, and Timothy Ryan. All were arrested this evening, four in Seward, and one in Ketchikan.

Tyler Goddard, Laurel Correa, Jennifer Harren and Melanie Goddard were arrested by members of the Seward Police Department and remanded to the Seward Community Jail. All are currently being held on a bail of $500,000 with the exception of Melanie Goddard who is being held on a $5,000 bail.

Timothy Ryan was arrested by members of the Ketchikan Police Department and is currently being held on a $500,000 bail.

Charges filed in the case are as follows.

Timothy Ryan;  one count of murder in the first degree, two counts of murder in the second degree, manslaughter, assault, conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit assault, tampering with physical evidence, and tampering with a witness.

Tyler Goddard; one count of murder in the first degree, two counts of murder in the second degree, manslaughter, assault, conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit assault, and tampering with Physical Evidence

Laurel Correa; one count of murder in the first degree, two counts of murder in the second degree, manslaughter, assault, conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit assault, and tampering with physical evidence.

Jennifer Harren; one count of murder in the first degree, two counts of murder in the second degree, manslaughter, assault, conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit assault, and tampering with physical evidence.

Melanie Goddard, tampering with a witness.

Atwood went missing on August 25. Following a tip, police and other officials began a search near the Seward Marine Industrial Center, but called of the search on Aug. 29 with little explanation. On Aug. 30 police located Atwood’s body in a location that has still not been released.

In the two months following the recovery of Atwood’s body,  some observers on social media became increasingly frustrated with what they felt was an unreasonable delay in bringing charges. The Seward Journal published two letters expressing such frustration in October, one from a family friend, the other from one of Atwood’s aunts.

On Oct. 23, police sent its findings to the district attorney’s office for review. No other information had been released prior to this evening press release.

In the release the Seward Police Department thanked the FBI, the Ketchikan Police Department, the Alaska State Troopers, and the Kenai District Attorney’s Office for their assistance in the apprehensions.

Police also thanked Atwood’s family and friends, and the Seward community for their assistance, support and patience as we conducted our investigation.

They request anyone that believes they have information pertinent to the investigation that has not yet contacted the Seward Police Department to please do so by calling (907) 224-3338.

No one was available for comment with the Seward Police Department Wednesday evening.

This story will be updated when new information becomes available.

Publisher

Michael Paschall is publisher of the Seward Journal and president of TriDelta, Incorporated Publishing, owners of the Seward Journal.