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Body found, believed to be Koenig's

Posted: April 2, 2012 - 7:05pm  |  Updated: April 2, 2012 - 9:58pm

ANCHORAGE — The body of a missing 18-year-old barista was found in a lake Monday, almost two months to the day she was last seen on a surveillance camera video being led away from the coffee shack where she worked, Anchorage Police Chief Mark Mew said.

A body believed to be that of Samantha Koenig of Anchorage was recovered by a forensic dive team from Matanuska Lake north of the city, Mew said at a Monday evening news conference. City police, state troopers and FBI agents spent hours at the lake scene earlier in the day.

The state medical examiner will conduct an autopsy, which will include verification of identity, he said.

“Investigators believe Samantha died within hours of her abduction,” Mew said, adding the investigation is ongoing.

“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.

The only man who has been listed by Anchorage police as a “person of interest” in the abduction of Koenig was arraigned March 27 in federal court in Anchorage on a fraud charge, shortly after being returned from Texas, where he was arrested.

Israel Keyes, 34, entered a not guilty plea to a charge of access device fraud. Federal prosecutors say he made cash withdrawals from a stolen debit card.

The card was not Koenig’s.

“We are working closely with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and charges for Samantha’s kidnapping and murder will be forthcoming,” Mew said.

A message left after hours Monday with Richard Curtner, Keyes’ appointed federal public defender, was not immediately returned.

When Keyes, the owner of an Anchorage construction company, was transferred to Alaska by federal marshals, Koenig’s father said she did not know Keyes. James Koenig told the Anchorage Daily News he believes his daughter was the victim of a random abduction.
Mary Rook, the FBI’s special agent in charge, confirmed the apparently chance nature of the abduction.

“Investigators found no direct association between the abductor and Samantha or any member of her family,” Rook said at the news conference. “I believe it was largely the dissociative nature of this crime that so perplexed investigators, at least initially.”

Neither Mew nor Rook took questions at the news conference.

Samantha Koenig was last seen on a surveillance tape at about 8 p.m., Feb. 1, being led away by a man with a weapon from the midtown Anchorage coffee shack where she worked.

Police classified it as an abduction based on Koenig’s demeanor and the man’s actions from the tape. Police refused to release the tape.
There are numerous such stand-alone coffee shacks in Anchorage and throughout Alaska. After her abduction, women who work these coffee stands alone began taking self-defense classes.

Koenig’s family distributed thousands of flyers showing pictures of the missing woman and offered a reward for her return. Her face continues to be displayed on posters attached to cars, telephone poles and buildings throughout Anchorage.

Local and federal investigators continue to seek witnesses who may know something about the movements of Keyes’ white three-quarter ton Chevrolet pickup, which was seized after Keyes’ arrest in Texas.

“We would like to reiterate our request for information relative to the movement of the white pickup truck,” Rook said. “Specifically, we want to hear from anyone who may have seen the truck in the vicinity of Matanuska Lake.”

Investigators earlier said they’re looking for people who may have seen the truck in late January and early February near the midtown Anchorage coffee shack where Koenig worked and in other locations.

The truck was equipped with green tool boxes that run the length of the box on each side. It also was photographed with a rack over the box, but the truck may have been driven without it, investigators said. It may have been off the truck at the time of the incident, the FBI said last week.

Keyes likely would have needed help moving the rack on or off the truck, and investigators would like to speak to anyone who may have assisted him.

The Keyes Construction website says the company offers “foundations to finish work.” Rates were $35 an hour during the winter, $40 an hour during the summer.

It says Keyes worked in Washington state from 1995 to 1997, served in the Army for three years, and from 2001 to 2007 worked for the Makah Tribal Council in Neah Bay, Wash., and received a commendation letter for his work in the parks and rec department. He started his Alaska business in 2007.

Associated Press writer Kathy McCarthy contributed to this report from Seattle.

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Norseman
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Norseman 04/02/12 - 09:06 pm
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This state needs a death

This state needs a death penalty.

kenai_kid
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kenai_kid 04/03/12 - 12:47 am
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No significant statistics

First, the person that committed this heinous act deserves death. However, there is nothing that supports the death penalty as a deterrent to capital crime.
I have a teenaged daughter and my heart sank when I read this news. If this had happened to my daughter and I had indisputable evidence ... I would be the one on trial for murder! The man that did this would never see the inside of a court room.

Norseman
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Norseman 04/03/12 - 07:48 am
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It is a deterrent. That

It is a deterrent. That particular individual will never murder another human being.

Also, the justice should be swift, inexpensive, and not drug out for decades. Firing squad made up of volunteers that furnish their own transportation, lodging, weapon and ammo.

Zero cost to the state, and one less scumbag wasting good oxygen.

I agree with the later part of your post completely Kenai kid.

Now is the time to teach your loved ones on the proper use of firearms, so if the time ever comes, they can protect themselves.

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savmar01 04/03/12 - 08:43 am
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savmar01

The death penalty doesn't always need to serve as a warning to others. Sometimes, it just needs to be just plain ol' justice for the crime committed.

Self defense classes and proper firearm training are great preventative measures, though they're not always age appropriate. This morning, I took a few minutes to explain to my ten year old daughter what had happened and reminded her that if someone tries to grab you, you kick and fight and scream and do everything you can to draw attention to yourself and never let them take you somewhere else, even if they have a weapon.

My heart goes out to Samantha and her family. I can't imagine her nightmare and the extent of her family's grief. I said a prayer and gave my kids extra hugs last night. No parent should ever have to face something like this.

kenai_kid
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kenai_kid 04/03/12 - 01:16 pm
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Cost of the death penalty

Since capital punishment was re-instituted in 1976, there have been 1277 executions (as of 1/1/12). Thirty nine of those executed have been found not guilty post execution. An additional 143 were acquitted or pardoned prior to execution. Obviously, all evidence that convicted these people was not irrefutable. I stand by my statement above ... if the evidence is irrefutable, by all means flip the switch and light em up. But, how do we deal with the mistakes and the wrongful executions. I am aware that 3% of all executions were of innocents and that doesn't seem to be many ... unless it's someone you know, a father, son, daughter, mother or a friend. Then it is a very significant number. My question is; how do we address wrongful execution? My next question is; how do you address wrongful execution due to known poor or inaccurate testimony or perjury? Is that not a form of murder? If a DA trys for and obtains a conviction and death sentence based on misguided, inaccurate or outright false testimony and/or evidence, is this not a willful homicide? Should that DA be held accountable? How about the person who committed perjury? I am aware that neither of these instances has ever happened and has a zero possibility of happening in our justice system (sarc). But for the sake of argument, why not "what if" it?
I am simply playing the devils advocate. Quick and swift justice sometimes does nothing more than add to the pain. Prolonged and timeless justice does the same! Where do we strike a balance? Since you (Norseman) "agree with the latter" part of my post "completely," you surely understand the conundrum we place ourselves in when swift and lethal justice is served.
Finally, my heartfelt thoughts and prayers for the Koenig family. May your daughter rest in peace and may you too find peace.

Watchman on the Wall
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Watchman on the Wall 04/03/12 - 11:23 am
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What a shame this turned out

What a shame this turned out this way and i'm sorry for the family that it did. I agree if people feared the law & approiate actions of death for a death then it would most certainly have an effect on the actions of many criminals, even if some may say it would not.
As it is now, crime pays with everything one needs behind bars, many times even more that one has on the outside.

I certainly wish this young woman would have been packing a pistol which would have maybe allowed her to stand her ground & fight off her killer. Yes she might have been killed doing so, but there would not have been this long agonizing wait by the family and still find out that she was killed by someone. She just might still be alive if she had been packing.

2500+years ago 613 laws were given the nation of Israel for EVERY situation that could arise in a society and what was to be done to those that intended harm against others or accidently harmed others in any way. 613 laws to govern by not just the 10 commands on how to relate to God and mankind as well.

We humans believe that we know how to deal with sin better than God does, thus sin is at an epidimic stage world wide and in fact is promoted by the legal system in almost every case with bleeding hearts that say you can't punish people for their sins, it's just not humane. What about the victims, they NEVER are considered by the law or other supposed caring humans that try to protect the guilty, NEVER.
It's big money to be made by many with all the repeat offenders and the costs of prosacuting and housing all these offenders. It's also a huge financial drain on everyone to allow this to continue time after time by many.

My wife and other women we know are signing up for some weapons classes starting on May 5th. It's called WOMEN ON TARGET and it's a state granted program to help women learn to handle & shoot firearms of all types.
Elaina Spraker is the instructor and can be reached at 262-9592 or contact the Snowshoe gun club where the classes will be held. Classes are $25.00 each & lunch is also provided and all guns and ammo are provided unless women want to bring their own weapons.
It amazes me that with OUR rights to carry and protect ourselves and others that we all are not carrying.

ALL every place where citizens are allowed to carry and protect themselves shows that crime is lower than else where and the cost of trials against would be murders is way lower.
As Ron "Tater Salad" White says it best, in Texas if you kill us we kill you first, or i'll add later. One way or another your gonna die for killing others and thats the right thing to do and it will curve crimes if we stand our ground.

Jeremiah 6:17

kenai_kid
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kenai_kid 04/03/12 - 11:39 am
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Good idea Jerry

Your train of thought is spot on concerning conceal and carry except this would not have helped Samantha. She was only 18 and therefore ineligible to carry a concealed weapon. To carry a weapon in Alaska, you must be 21 years of age. More of those pesky laws not covered by the original 613. If we only followed the original 10 that Moses delivered, we probably wouldn't need the other 603.

Watchman on the Wall
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Watchman on the Wall 04/03/12 - 02:10 pm
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KK Thanks for that info

KK Thanks for that info about being 21 and conceal carry, does that apply if one has it out in sight as well or strapped to ones waiste? I agree it does seem like a stupid law though and 18 should be allowed to carry.

Moses also delivered the other 613 as well, the 10 were a compiled short version of all of them.
Your correct about obeying the first 10 with the first 4 showing how we need to know God and having a right relationship with him, then the last 6 show how to deal with other humans starting with respect for mom & dad then our neighbors. But thats why the others were given because people do mess up and those mess ups have to be delt with properly for the good of ALL.

Have you told your family, women about the upcoming Women on Target classes? I believe that this is a GR8 thing for women & girls as well and should be incouraged.

Many may think that as a Christian one is not supposed to stand & protect ones self or others, but thats not the case at all. In fact when Yeshua was about to be betrayed he asked his followers if they had any swords and told them to sell their cloaks and buy swords for protection. Luke 21:36-38

Also when Yeshua returns at his Second coming he is gonna do some major fighting against ALL that rejected him and he ain't gonna play any war rules of men or care about using Disproportionate means against mankinds weapons either.
Whata mess it's gonna be with Blood as deep as a horses bridle & running 200 miles wide & long thru the valley of Jezreel or Magedo.

I see that Gov. Parnell has indorsed stand your ground for Alaskans, which is a GR8 thing i do believe as well, maybe we can get that for 18yr olds as well.

Have a GR8 day.

Jeremiah 6:17

SoldotnaMom12
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SoldotnaMom12 04/04/12 - 03:34 pm
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Tragic outcome

First of all, I would like to extend heartfelt sympathy and prayers to the family and friends of this young lady. I can not imagine the sorrow and grief they are feeling.

Second, as much as I would like to believe in the justice system, I have seen it fail the public. Especially women and children. I would like to see Ms. Koenig's father have just 10 minutes alone with that evil man. And as far as the death sentence being a deterrent, I don't think it is. If someone sets their mind to committing such a horrid act, they are going to do so. How does a rational person without some sort of mental illness do something like this. Their wiring is off, they have no conscious. Which means they don't have rational thoughts such as being afraid of the death penalty. He is a sick person and should not be allowed around the general public ever again. That is why we see sex offenders go back to jail. They can not help themselves or don't care and will continue to hurt people to feed their own sick desires. Lock em up, castrate them and don't ever let them out.

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