Decatur : 1997 death of Arkansan now gets trial in Alaska

May 23, 2007 Full story: Herald-Leader 109

“Derek Sawyer did not shoot his wife”

A Gakona, Alaska, man accused of killing his Arkansas-born wife nearly 10 years ago is on trial here. via Herald-Leader

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unknown

Anchorage, AK

#101 Jul 27, 2009
They are already there, and are adjusting well.
Fairbanks

Fairbanks, AK

#102 Jul 30, 2009
They are now in AZ. Its just to bad that Penny could'nt let Gretchen's Mom know that they moved... Pretty RUDE Penny...

But now cheryl (Gretchens mom) is closer to the kids and will get to see them more ;)
Cheyrl Talked to the kids and they seem good and cant wait for school to start..
Does it matter

B M Goldwater A F Range, AZ

#103 Aug 9, 2009
unknown wrote:
faith you are a nut job just like the sawyers in wasilla. You just keep telling yourself that if that makes you feel better.
Ok first of all shut up I am Traces amd Faiths teacher at Houston Middle in Wasilla and I have meet the Sawyer tons of times and they are great. They love the kids VERRRY much and all u people that act like you know them OR Trace and Jodicee's dad can shut the hell up because u know nothing and i swear if i saw a guy talking like this about them i would knock him cold.
Fairbanks

Fairbanks, AK

#104 Aug 11, 2009
Does it matter, if you are a teacher in Wasilla why does Buckeye, Az appear under your name.. And a teacher would'nt talk like you just did..
Its ok for you to think we are not being nice to the Sawyers but some of us were around when this stuff happened and we have every right to say what we feel..And know the truth. All I care about is that Trace and Jodicee are happy and healthy and I know that because their Grandma Cheryl is in contact with them...
All I can say to you is just be their friend...That is what their mom would want.
Heather

Madison, WI

#105 Jul 13, 2010
Today makes 13 years since we lost Gretchen. Would everyone just stop and say a prayer.She was such a wonderful daughter,sister and friend but most of all a wonderful MOTHER. Her family here in Arkansas miss her more than ever. Their is not one holiday that gose by that she is not talked about and missed very much. We do talk to the kids and one day we hope to get to take them to their mothers resting place.Gretchen touched so many peoples lives in her short years with us.So everyone please think of her life today and tell everyone in your life that means something to you that you love them. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers...
Friend

United States

#106 Jun 16, 2011
unknown wrote:
They are with Derek's family :(
I know Derek's actions were at question but his family really are good people. His kids were/are obviously safer with them than with him. I have been touch to realized what Gretchen's family has gone through, but Derek's family are just as innocent. They really are good people. Please don't pass angry feelings on toward them
late to the conversation

Coffeyville, KS

#107 Apr 2, 2012
Friend wrote:
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I know Derek's actions were at question but his family really are good people. His kids were/are obviously safer with them than with him. I have been touch to realized what Gretchen's family has gone through, but Derek's family are just as innocent. They really are good people. Please don't pass angry feelings on toward them
Derek's parents helped clean up the scene the day of the murder before the State Troopers were called.
later still

United States

#108 Jul 20, 2012
what a tragic situation. I am sorry for everyone involved - these children sound resilient and will most likely come through this as strong adults. I am new to Glennallen and feel I am drawn to this story. I am wondering if anyone knows the exact location in Gakona that the incident occured? Someone also mentioned in an earlier blog that Derek's parents "were hiding him" - curious again as to what location exactly people are referring to? My prayers go out to everyone related to this tradgedy.
Public Record

United States

#109 Jul 20, 2012
According ot police reports, the home was near the tok turnoff road.

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