Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) - Retired Alaska State Trooper Lieutenant Lonny Piscoya has returned to the Alaska Department of Public Safety to lead the department's Missing or Murdered Indigenous Persons Initiative.
Piscoya will lead the department's outreach efforts for the MMIP initiative and will assist the Alaska Bureau of Investigation with both active and cold case murder and missing person cases involving Alaska Natives. Piscoya will take over the role of MMIP Investigator from retired Alaska State Trooper Anne Sears who decided to return to retirement.
"I am happy to see that Investigator Piscoya has returned to state service to lead the State of Alaska's efforts on outreach and investigations surrounding Alaska's Indigenous persons," said Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy. "Public safety is my administration's number one priority, and I know that Investigator Piscoya will continue to lead our MMIP initiative in a positive direction."
He joined the ranks of the Alaska State Troopers in 1993; during his career, he patrolled in Fairbanks, Galena, Interior Alaska, Southeast Alaska, and Ketchikan. He worked as a post supervisor, AST Tactical Dive Team member, and detachment deputy commander over his 25-year law enforcement career. Piscoya retired from state service in 2018.
Piscoya's first day was Sept. 19. The position is funded through the US Department of Justice's Project Safe Neighborhoods.