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The Death of Samantha Koenig

Investigation Leads to Serial Killer Israel Keyes

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Samantha Koenig

Samantha Koenig

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On Feb. 1, 2012, Samantha Koenig, 18, was last seen on surveillance video being led away by an armed man from an Anchorage coffee shop where she worked. No one realized at the time that the massive search and investigation into her disappearance would lead to the capture of a prolific serial killer.

Current Developments

Clues Few in Serial Killer's Past
Aug. 12, 2013
Some of the crimes may never be solved. Some may not ever be discovered. But, the FBI is making every effort to try to uncover the crimes and victims of a confessed serial killer who committed suicide in an Alaska jail cell. When Israel Keyes died, he took a lot of secrets with him.

Previous Developments

Confessed Killer Commits Suicide
Dec. 2, 2012
A confessed serial killer facing a possible death penalty for the murder of an 18-year-old Anchorage coffee kiosk clerk has been found dead in his jail cell. Israel Keyes died as a result of an apparent suicide, according to federal and local law enforcement officials.

Man Charged in Samantha Koenig Case
April 18, 2012
An 34-year-old Anchorage construction contractor has been indicted on charges of kidnapping and killing a 18-year-old teenage who worked at a coffee stand. Israel Keyes was also charged with trying to extract ransom payments from the family of Samantha Koenig after she was already dead.

Body of Missing Anchorage Woman Found in Lake
April 2, 2012
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.

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