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03-08-2012, 08:40 PM
KTUU News Articles In Ascending Order (as of today's date)
Anchorage Police Looking for Missing Barista
February 2, 2012
Father of Missing Barista Pleads For Her Return
February 4, 2012
APD Says Video Shows Missing Barista Being Abducted
February 4, 2012
Search Efforts for Samantha Koenig Grow, Reward Triples
February 5, 2012
Samantha Koenig's Mother and Grandmother Ask For Her Return
February 6, 2012
Volunteers Search Site of Barista's Abduction for Fresh Clues
February 6, 2012
Missing Anchorage Barista Case in National Spotlight
February 7, 2012
Search for Samantha Koenig Continues 1 Week After Abduction
February 8, 2012
Abducted Barista Has Been Father's 'Whole Life,' Family Says
February 8, 2012
Community Bands Together to Organize Candlelight Vigil for Missing Barista
February 8, 2012
Missing Barista's Family Wants Fliers in Schools, ASD Points to School Policy
February 9, 2012
Samantha Koenig Search Hampered by Weather
February 9, 2012
Hundreds Gather at Town Square for Samantha
February 11, 2012
Anchorage Police Following Leads on Abducted Barista
February 13, 2012
Two Weeks Since Samantha Koenig's Disappearance, APD Says It's Making Progress
February 15, 2012
'Help Find Samantha Koenig' Website Launches
February 18, 2012
Samantha Koenig's Abduction Prompts Women to Fight Back
February 19, 2012
Reward Fund to find Samantha Koenig Grows
February 20, 2012
Safety Class Draws Large Crowd of Anchorage Baristas
February 21, 2012
Community Plans Fundraiser to Help in Search for Missing Barista
February 22, 2012
"Samstock" Raises Money For Koenig's Reward Fund
February 25, 2012
YWCA Course Teaches Self Defense
March 6, 2012
03-08-2012, 10:43 PM
Anchorage Police Dept. 907-786-8900 or Samantha's Father, James at 907-441-8370
03-09-2012, 03:23 AM
Police say they believe Samantha Koenig is alive (http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/03/08/2059129/police-say-they-believe-samantha.html)
Anchorage police have reason to believe that missing Samantha Koenig is alive, according to detectives investigating her apparent abduction about five weeks ago.
Internet rumors and speculation cast pall on Koenig acquaintance (http://www.ktva.com/home/outbound-xml-feeds/Internet-Rumors-and-Speculation-Cast-Pall-on-Koenig-Acquaintance-141257473.html)
Updated with response from James Koenig, Samantha's father.
After 18-year-old Samantha Koenig was kidnapped from her work at Common Grounds Espresso coffee stand on the night of February 1, the internet came alive with speculation about her disappearance. Police said an armed man took her, and anonymous comments left on published news reports and rumors passed along via Facebook and Twitter began pointing at Bird.
Police said they had investigated Bird as part of initial investigations but he had never been named as a suspect in the case.
“All you have to do is identify the wrong person and all of a sudden they’re public enemy number one,” said APD spokesman Lieutenant Dave Parker.
UPDATE: Samantha Koenig's father, James Koenig, sent in the following response to this story. The words are his and not reporting or commentary by KTVA.
March 7, 2012
To whom it may concern:
My name is James Koenig, I am the father of Samantha Tessla Koenig, the young lady that was abducted from the coffee stand in Anchorage, Alaska, at which she was working at, at approximately 8 p.m., on February 1, 2012.
03-09-2012, 08:49 PM
Police believe missing barista is alive (http://www.adn.com/2012/03/09/2361062/police-believe-missing-barista.html)
- Anchorage police have reason to believe that missing 18-year-old Samantha Koenig is alive, according to a detective investigating her apparent abduction about five weeks ago.
03-16-2012, 06:49 PM
Texas arrest made in missing Anchorage barista case (http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/texas-arrest-made-missing-anchorage-barista-case)
Anchorage police announced Thursday that a suspect in the case of missing barista Samantha Koenig had been arrested in Lufkin, Texas.
Israel Keyes, a 34-year-old construction contractor who worked under the company moniker Keyes Construction, was arrested in Lufkin on Tuesday. A joint effort between the Anchorage Police Department, the FBI and Texas law enforcement led to Keyes' arrest, the full details of which were not immediately available as police said the federal arrest warrant is sealed.
Texas arrest linked to disappearance of Samantha Koenig (http://www.adn.com/2012/03/15/2373079/arrest-made-in-koenigs-disappearance.html)
An Anchorage man connected to the disappearance of 18-year-old Samantha Koenig is in jail after his arrest this week in Texas, but Koenig remains missing, police said Thursday.
Arrest made in case of missing Alaska barista Samantha Koenig, police say (http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57398673-504083/arrest-made-in-case-of-missing-alaska-barista-samantha-koenig-police-say/)
Authorities said a man who owns a construction company in Anchorage has been arrested in Texas on charges related to the disappearance of an 18-year-old barista.
03-17-2012, 04:38 PM
Koenig case arrestee's former neighbor thinks "Anyone is capable of anything" (http://www.ktva.com/home/outbound-xml-feeds/Keyes-Former-Neighbor-Thinks-Anyone-is-Capeable-of-Anything-142995395.html)
"They would have friends over, but it never got noisy."
On a quiet dead end street in Anchorage's South Addition neighborhood a woman methodically shovels and sweeps the few inches from her walk that came down in Wednesday's snow. She doesn't want to be identified because it's just too soon and she's reserving judgement, but she's stunned about this week's development in the Samantha Koenig kidnapping case.
03-20-2012, 09:31 PM
Koenig family hopes new flyers will gather fresh information on Keyes (http://articles.ktuu.com/2012-03-19/anchorage-police_31212278)
Samantha Koenig’s family and friends hope a new poster will help stir up information about the main person of interest in the abduction case, Israel Keyes.
03-21-2012, 10:35 AM
Few details known about person of interest in Koenig abduction (http://www.ktva.com/home/outbound-xml-feeds/Who-is-Israel-Keyes-143417766.html)
Information on the person of interest in the abduction of Samantha Koenig has been barely trickling out in the week since he was arrested in Texas.
Few details are known about 34-year-old Israel Keyes.
APD investigating human remians found near Eklutna Lake (http://www.ktuu.com/news/ktuu-death-investigation-near-eklutna-lake-20120320,0,2008746.story)
The Anchorage Police Department says detectives are investigating human remains found Tuesday near Eklutna Lake, but have not said whether the case is related to the Feb. 1 abduction of barista Samantha Koenig.
APD spokeswoman Marlene Lammers told Channel 2 she spoke with Sgt. Slawomir Markiewicz, head of the department's homicide unit, who confirmed that human remains have been found in the woods a few miles up the road leading to the lake, and a death investigation is in progress.
More... Video included...
03-21-2012, 09:24 PM
Investigators say Eklutna Lake body is adult male (http://www.ktuu.com/news/investigators-say-eklutna-lake-body-is-not-samantha-koenig-032112,0,283827.story)
Investigators say a body found Tuesday night near Eklutna Lake is an adult male and not that of abducted barista Samantha Koenig, continuing a mystery that has captivated the city’s attention for more than six weeks.
APD spokesperson Lt. Dave Parker said Wednesday that state medical examiners had determined the gender but not the identity of the remains, with confirmation that they were those of an adult coming Wednesday afternoon. An autopsy is expected to take several days, with an identification of the body expected no sooner than Thursday.
03-22-2012, 12:26 PM
Samantha Koenig could be anywhere; suspect traveled inconspicuously (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/****************/samantha-koenig_b_1361647.html)
The Samantha Koenig case has taken another crazy turn and it involves the arrest of Israel "Izzy" Keyes, a man who was apprehended all the way in Lufkin, Texas -- which is over 4,000 miles away from Anchorage, Alaska. In fact, officials in Anchorage have acknowledged that Israel is their one and only suspect as well as their only person of interest in the abduction of the 18-year old barista. So this leaves a lot to talk about considering the investigators are not really answering questions and the young woman is still missing.
03-24-2012, 08:15 PM
Man arrested in Koenig case heading to Anchorage (http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/03/23/2079873/marshalls-service-begins-transport.html)
Federal authorities have initiated their transport of the man police called a "person of interest" in the disappearance of Samantha Koenig, according to a spokeswoman for the U.S. Marshals Service
Israel Keyes, 34, was arrested in Texas last week on a charge of access device fraud for allegedly making several cash withdrawals with a stolen Alaska debit card. Anchorage police linked him to the apparent abduction Feb. 1 of Koenig, 18, who is still missing.
Court documents shed light on Keyes arrest for access device fraud in Koenig case (http://www.ktva.com/home/outbound-xml-feeds/Court-Documents-Shed-Light-on-Keyes-Arrest-for-Access-Device-Fraud-in-Koenig-Case-144010326.html)
Court documents released late Thursday detail the series of events leading up to the first arrest in the kidnapping case of 18-year-old Samantha Koenig.
Trail across Southwest US led to arrest of man tied to abducted Alaska barista (http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/trail-across-southwest-us-led-arrest-man-tied-abducted-alaska-barista)
A newly-released court document sheds some light on charges against Israel Keyes -- the man who Anchorage police believe may have ties to the Feb. 1 abduction of 18-year-old barista Samantha Koenig -- and alleges that he may have withdrawn thousands of dollars from a bank account that wasn't his. Keyes was arrested last week in Lufkin, Tex., and police say a stolen debit card found in Keyes's possession was used to make withdrawals in Alaska, Arizona and New Mexico before the arrest.
03-25-2012, 06:11 PM
Israel Keyes being taken to Alaska by U.S. Marshalls (http://articles.ktuu.com/2012-03-23/debit-card_31232268)
The process of transferring Israel Keyes, the “person of interest” in the abduction of 18-year-old barista Samantha Koenig arrested earlier this month in Texas, from Texas to Alaska has begun according to the U.S. Marshals Service.
03-26-2012, 10:55 AM
Police, FBI seek info in Koenig disappearance (http://www.adn.com/2012/03/25/2390676/police-fbi-seek-info-in-koenig.html)
The FBI and Anchorage police made a new pitch Sunday for anyone who may have information about missing barista Samantha Koenig to come forward.
03-27-2012, 10:38 AM
U.S. Marshalls say Israel Keyes arrived in Alaska (http://articles.ktuu.com/2012-03-26/koenig-abduction_31242464)
U.S. Marshals announced on Monday afternoon, Israel Keyes, the person of interest in the abduction of 18-year-old Samantha Koenig, arrived in Anchorage.
03-27-2012, 09:02 PM
Israel Keyes, "person of interest" in disappearance of Samantha Koenig, returns to Anchorage (http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57405088-504083/israel-keyes-person-of-interest-in-disappearance-of-alaska-barista-samantha-koenig-returns-to-anchorage/)
The U.S. Marshal's Service says the man listed as a "person of interest" in the abduction of 18-year-old Anchorage barista Samantha Koenig has been returned to Alaska from Texas.
03-28-2012, 09:24 AM
Man linked to missing Anchorage barista arraigned (http://www.htrnews.com/usatoday/article/38904073?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE %7Cs)
The man listed by Anchorage police as a "person of interest" in the abduction of 18-year-old Anchorage barista Samantha Koenig was arraigned Tuesday in federal court in Anchorage on a fraud charge.
Man linked to missing barista pleads not guilty (http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/03/27/2085022/man-linked-to-missing-barista.html)
The man Anchorage police linked to Samantha Koenig's disappearance told a judge he is broke and pleaded not guilty in Alaska federal court Tuesday to a charge that he pilfered someone else's bank account with a stolen debit card.
Police and federal authorities still have not said how the man, Israel Keyes, is connected to Koenig or the 18-year-old barista's apparent abduction Feb. 1.
03-29-2012, 09:29 PM
Koenig Family and Friends Hold Vigil (http://articles.ktuu.com/2012-03-28/intersections_31252250)
Two months after 18-year-old Samantha Koenig was abducted from her workplace at Common Grounds Espresso in Midtown, about a dozen of her close friends and family met at the place and hour Police said she was abducted.
03-30-2012, 06:19 PM
Israel Keyes took part in Brista abduction, authorities believe (http://www.ktva.com/home/outbound-xml-feeds/Israel-Keyes-Took-Part-in-Barista-Abduction-144478095.html)
Israel Keyes is believed to be involved in the abduction of Samantha Koenig, said Anchorage Police Department (APD) Chief Mark Mew.
Keyes, the only named person of interest in the abduction of the 18-year-old missing barista, pled not guilty at his arraignment Tuesday afternoon in U.S. District Court.
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Police chief: Keyes involved in Samantha Koenig kidnapping (http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/police-chief-keyes-involved-samantha-koenig-kidnapping)
The arraignment of Israel Keyes, who police say has ties to the Feb. 1 abduction of barista Samantha Koenig, went quietly Tuesday at a U.S. District courthouse in downtown Anchorage.
Clad in a yellow jumpsuit, Keyes pleaded not guilty to a single charge of access device fraud. The lone federal charge, which could net him a 15-year prison sentence, is the only crime with which Keyes thus far stands accused. And although Keyes has not been charged with any crimes directly related to Koenig's abduction, investigators reiterated Tuesday that they believe he had something to do with the 18-year-old's disappearance from a Midtown coffee stand. But citing a need to protect the ongoing investigation, they continue to refuse to offer more details about Keyes's involvement.
04-01-2012, 01:29 AM
FBI, police examine shed taken from Keyes home (http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/03/31/2090464/fbi-police-examine-shed-taken.html)
Anchorage police and federal agents on Saturday examined a shed seized the night before from the home of Israel Keyes as part of an investigation into Keyes' possible involvement in the disappearance of Samantha Koenig, the FBI said.
The Anchorage Police Department and FBI are collaborating on the Koenig case, said FBI spokesman Eric Gonzalez.
"Obviously we're processing the shed with APD. This is obviously tied to the abduction of Samantha Koenig," Gonzalez said. "This is a joint investigation. We're working very closely with each other."
04-03-2012, 08:50 PM
Body of missing Alaska barista believed found (http://muscatinejournal.com/news/national/body-of-missing-alaska-barista-believed-found/article_5b5d75bd-708c-54d7-a1c0-44f9f85e8287.html)
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.
Body of barista Samantha Koenig found in Alaska; charges possible (http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-barista-alaska-20120403,0,6879070.story)
Authorities are weighing whether to charge an Alaska man, now in federal custody, in connection with the kidnapping and death of Anchorage barista Samantha Koenig. Her body is believed to have been recovered Monday from a local lake.
Tests are still being conducted on the remains found by a team of divers in Matanuska Lake north of Anchorage, but authorities are confident the body is that of Koenig, police spokesman Lt. David Parker said by telephone Tuesday. The family has been notified, he said.
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Community mourns loss of Samantha Koenig (http://www.ktuu.com/news/ktuu-community-mourns-loss-of-samantha-koenig-20120403,0,7695352.story)
When the public learned that Anchorage police investigators found what they believe is the body of 18 year-old Samantha Koenig on Monday, many in the community -- as well as across the state and the country -- were shocked by the news.
The two-month search for Koenig began after APD says she was abducted Feb. 1 from her workplace at Midtown coffee stand Common Grounds Espresso. On Tuesday, Koenig family spokesperson Michelle Tasker thanked law enforcement and the public for its support.
"The family would just really like to show their deepest gratitude to the FBI and APD, the other law enforcement involved for all their dedication and hard work, and of course the public for all their love and support in embracing Samantha and the family," Tasker said.
04-04-2012, 09:09 AM
Details in Koenig case remain under wraps (http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/04/03/2094360/details-in-koenig-case-remain.html)
Federal prosecutors say it will be at least a couple of weeks before much new information about the abduction and killing of 18-year-old Samantha Koenig becomes public.
An FBI forensic dive team discovered her body Monday under the ice at Matanuska Lake, north of Anchorage in the Mat-Su Borough near the intersection of the Glenn and Parks highways.
Anchorage police and FBI agents are jointly investigating the case.
04-05-2012, 10:38 AM
Community mourns murdered barista Samanth Koenig (http://www.ktva.com/home/outbound-xml-feeds/Community-Mourns-Murdered-Barista-Samantha-Koenig-146142495.html)
The news of Samantha Koenig’s murder has hit the Anchorage community hard, especially the coffee lovers who she served at Common Grounds Espresso, including Barry and Shirley Blumenthal.
The Blumenthals heard the news on their car radio that Samantha’s body had been found.
More... Video included...
04-06-2012, 06:56 PM
Our view: Samantha Koenig (http://www.adn.com/2012/04/03/2405894/our-view-samantha-koenig.html)
Hearts go out to family, friends; call goes out for justice
The recovery of the body of Samantha Koenig from Matanuska Lake was an end that everyone dreaded. Now our thoughts and prayers go out to her father, the rest of her family and her friends and to all who held candles in vigils for her.
04-17-2012, 09:07 PM
Memorial will be held Sunday for missing barista whose body was found in a lake (http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/c7e4287353ad4c93b01a8b5dccb982e0/AK--Missing-Barista-Memorial/)
A memorial will be held Sunday for an 18-year-old barista whose body was pulled from Matanuska Lake earlier this month.
Anchorage police say in a release that the public is invited to the memorial for Samantha Koenig at West High School.
04-18-2012, 08:41 PM
Keyes charged with kidnapping, killing of Samantha Koenig (http://www.adn.com/2012/04/18/2429498/authorities-plan-announcement.html)
A self-employed Anchorage carpenter police linked to the abduction of 18-year-old Samantha Koenig is now charged in her disappearance and slaying, according to a grand jury indictment.
Israel Keyes Charged with Kidnapping Resulting in Death of Samantha Koenig (http://www.ktuu.com/news/federal-announcement-on-samantha-koenig-case-041812,0,6614731.story)
Keyes, previously described as “the main player” in Samantha Koenig’s abduction, is now facing federal charges of kidnapping resulting in the 18-year-old barista's death.
Charging documents filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Anchorage also list a count of receipt and possession of ransom money against Keyes, 34, as well as an existing count of access device fraud.
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05-16-2012, 09:13 PM
James Koenig Arrested on Assault, DUI Charges
James Koenig, the father of slain barista Samantha Koenig, was arrested early Tuesday morning on charges including assault and DUI after he allegedly left an Anchorage strip club and drove drunk, threatening an employee who tried to stop him.
James Koenig charged with DUI, other charges
Anchorage police arrested James Koenig, father of homicide victim Samantha Koenig, early Tuesday morning and charged him with drunken driving, assault and weapons misconduct.
05-25-2012, 09:39 AM
Anchorage kidnapping suspect attempts escape; US marshals nab Keyes before he can leave court
The man charged in the kidnapping and killing of an 18-year-old Anchorage barista attempted to dash out of a federal courtroom Wednesday but was tackled by U.S. marshals before he reached the door.
Israel Keyes, indicted in the death of Samantha Koenig, was grabbed by a U.S. marshal near the defense table and other officers quickly piled on.
Marshals use Taser on Keyes after he leaps courtroom rail
During what was supposed to be a routine court hearing Wednesday in a notorious Anchorage murder case, defendant Israel Keyes vaulted over the courtroom railing into the spectator area and was wrestled to the ground by deputy marshals, according to the U.S. Marshals Service. They used a Taser to shock and subdue him.
Courtroom erupts as defendant tries to flee Alaska barista trial
A hearing in the case of Israel Keyes, accused of kidnapping and murdering Anchorage barista Samantha Koenig, strayed far from routine Wednesday as Keyes attempted to break for the door before being subdued by a half dozen U.S. marshals and courtroom bailiffs. A taser was deployed.
The hearing, a discussion about whether or not to declare the case complex and to set a timeline for trial, had been proceeding routinely. Keyes sat mostly motionless as Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank Russo discussed the possibility of the government seeking the death penalty.
05-29-2012, 08:19 PM
Koenig's father donates guitar to young musician
The father of Samantha Koenig has presented one of his slain daughter's guitars to a young musician.
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