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Body of Missing Anchorage Woman Found in Lake

By April 3, 2012

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The two-month long search for a missing 18-year-old Alaska woman ended when a forensic dive team found a body in Matanuska Lake north of Alaska. Samantha Koenig was last seen Feb. 1 on surveillance video being taken away from the coffee shop where she worked by an armed man.

The lone suspect in the case, Israel Keyes, is being held in Alaska on federal fraud charges.

Anchorage Police Chief Mark Mew said city police, state troopers and FBI agents spent hours at the lake searching for clues. "Investigators believe Samantha died within hours of her abduction," Mew said.

Koenig's abduction set off a massive search. Family members distributed and posted thousands of flyers throughout Anchorage offering a reward for information. Her kidnapping also prompted baristas in the numerous coffee shops in Anchorage and throughout Alaska to begin taking self defense classes.

A Random Abduction?

During the course of the investigation into Koenig's disappearance, authorities arrested Keyes in Texas. The 34-year-old owner of an Anchorage construction company was returned to Alaska to face charges in connection with making cash ATM withdrawals with a stolen debit card. The card did not belong to Koenig, police said.

"Investigators further believe the person responsible for Samantha's death acted alone, and we are confident that we have that person in custody," Mew said.

Friends and family members said Koenig did not know Keyes and he had no connection with anyone in her family. They believe her abduction was completely random.

Investigators are seeking witnesses who may have seen Keyes' white Chevrolet pickup truck with green tool boxes in the vicinity of Matanuska Lake or the midtown coffee shop where Koenig worked in late January or early February.

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April 3, 2012 at 1:57 pm
(1) Donna says:

I think it’s terrible that this man did this to her. It’s a shame when woman can’t even work with the public and feel safe at work. This world is just awful and people need to change there ways. All I can say is shame on this man, I hope they fry him!

April 3, 2012 at 1:59 pm
(2) donna says:

It’s a shame when woman can’t even go to work without worrying if they are safe or not. This world really does need to change. I hope they fry this JERK for what he’s done!!!!!

April 4, 2012 at 6:22 pm
(3) Mark says:

They won’t fry him. If he gets the death penalty, he gets an automatic appeal. If that’s denied, then he’ll go on death row. On death row there will be delays and delays and delays, and in about thirty odd years, he will still be there. That’s the problem with the death penalty, it hardly ever takes place. I’m writing about a couple of serial killers right now. Their crimes were in the 70′s, one got the death sentence. It’s been over thirty years, and he’s STILL on death row. His victims, five teenager girls who he and his partner raped and tortured for hours and then killed them are not avenged. What the law should be is if you have been sentenced to death, you can have your appeal, and if it goes against you, there is no delays, no time wasting with lawsuits to keep you alive. Within five years of the appeal being heard, you are executed. I give five in case other evidence comes up, such as the Timothy Evans case in England, which I wrote about a couple of months ago.

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