Woman In Police Custody, Suspect In First Nations Master Carver’s Death In U.S.

Master Carver George David talks about the three-paneled cedar carving that he unveiled at Angeline Park in Suquamish. (MEEGAN M. REID | KITSAP SUN)

Master Carver George David talks about the three-paneled cedar carving that he unveiled at Angeline Park in Suquamish.

By Red Power Media, Staff / April 27, 2016

Police in Port Angeles have a suspect in custody for the death of a Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation master carver killed in the United States.

The Peninsula Daily News reports, A 45-year-old woman, Tina Marie Alcorn, described by police as a transient who has lived in Arkansas, is a suspect in the late-March beating death of George Cecil David, 65, in Port Angeles, Washington.

Alcorn is in the Clallam County jail without bond on a warrant for allegedly violating a conditional release in Arkansas.

According to the Times Colonist, Alcorn appeared in court on April 20 and 21. She will remain in jail pending extradition to Arkansas.

Police would not release information Monday on how David might have known Alcorn, where David went while he was in Port Angeles before he died and if they had found a weapon connected to David’s death.

David, a Port Alberni, British Columbia, native, whose daughter lives in Neah Bay, traveled by bus March 25 from Neah Bay ―about 115 kilometres― to Port Angeles.

His nephew, said his David had planned to leave Neah Bay for Victoria on March 26 to visit family and attend a March 30 funeral. David’s body was found March 28. His death was initially reported to 9-1-1 as a suicide by the person who found his body.

Police released Alcorn’s name Monday as a suspect in David’s homicide and to request assistance from the public.

Tina Marie Alcorn

Tina Marie Alcorn, is in the Clallam County jail without bond.

Alcorn has a relative who lives in Port Angeles and was on parole for a theft-of-property conviction when she stopped reporting and left Arkansas without permission.

The Arkansas Board of Parole issued a felony warrant for Alcorn’s arrest March 31.

Port Angeles police wanted to question her about David’s death when they learned she was in the area, according to the case report.

On April 19, detectives arrested Alcorn, in Mount Vernon, WA.

First Nations 

David was member of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations in B.C.. He was an accomplished artist and master carver, creating totem poles that can be seen around Puget Sound, including two canoes that mark Chief Seattle’s gravesite on the Kitsap Peninsula.

David was also a grandfather to two children.

Master Carver George David.

Master Carver George David.

The investigation into David’s death is ongoing.

Anyone with information about David’s death should contact Detective Sgt. Tyler Peninger at 360-417-4957 and other detectives at 360-417-4919 or 360-417-4953.