When an Alaskan fishing vessel is found abandoned and aflame the morning after a storm, it quickly becomes apparent that its crew encountered something much darker than the wrath of the sea. Investigators sift through ash in search of fragments of the murdered crew, uncovering pieces of Alaska’s worst unsolved mass murder in this episode of Last Seen Alive.
The Investor is shown aflame in the waters outside Fish Egg Island, as discovered by fellow fishing vessel The Casino.
Irene and Mark Coulthurst, owners of salmon fishing seiner The Investor.
John and Kimberly Coulthurst were 4 and 5 years old whenever they were murdered along with their parents and the Investor’s crew.
Jerome Keown (left) and Dean Moon served as crewman about the Investor and were among the murder victims.
Chris Heyman served as a crewman aboard the Investor and was among the murder victims.
Three of the murder victims were released to Irene and Mark Coulthurst: Kimberly and John Coulthurst were their children, while Mike Stewart (crewman) was Mark’s cousin.
John Peel, who formerly served as a crewman under Mark Coulthurst, was accused of the murders and arson, but declared not guilty in a court of law.
John Peel (right), pictured with an attorney, wore a ski mask to court in order to conceal his features.
The Investor, burning with an intentionally set fire.