Second teen charged with killing 19-year-old woman

Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 18:44
  • A teddy bear and flowers in memory of Cynthia Hoffman sit on the Eklutna River bridge on Saturday, June 8, 2019. Hoffman’s body was found in the river June 4, and two teens have been arrested and charged with murder in her death. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)

An 18-year-old woman who was originally questioned and released in the Cynthia Hoffman death investigation has been arrested and charged with her murder.

In a brief update posted Friday night to its online Nixle page, the Anchorage Police Department said Denali Brehmer was taken into custody on charges of first-degree murder and evidence tampering in the case. Brehmer was named in court documents earlier this week after the arrest of 16-year-old Kayden McIntosh, but not originally charged with a crime.

In charging documents filed in the McIntosh case, both he and Brehmer allegedly told detectives Brehmer supplied the gun McIntosh used to shoot Hoffman alongside the Eklutna River near the Thunderbird Falls trailhead on June 2. However, in the version Brehmer told, she said she went along with McIntosh because she was afraid he would hurt her.

According to charging documents, both Brehmer and McIntosh told police the three had been smoking pot in the Mat-Su on June 2 before driving back toward Anchorage, stopping at the Thunderbird Falls parking lot and walking into the woods. There, the McIntosh and Brehmer allegedly bound Hoffman with duct tape before McIntosh used Brehmer’s 9 mm handgun to shoot Hoffman once in the back of the head and push her into the river.

The defendants allegedly told police Hoffman agreed to be duct taped and take pictures in the woods, but was killed after she started to panic and said she was going to tell the police she had been kidnapped and sexually assaulted.

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