In 1993, the murder of a young woman in Bartlett Hall shook UAFís students and faculty to their core.Sophie Sergie, a 20-year-old Marine Biology student, was found by a janitor on April 26, murdered in a bathtub in the second floor womenís restroom. The cause of death was a gunshot wound.

While detectives searched for leads, many details of Sergieís case continued to refute possible suspects. Her body was discovered at 2 p.m. that fateful Monday, forensic testing later revealed that her body had been sitting in the bathtub for up to 13 hours before discovery.

Due to the high traffic of students in the dorm, including those who didnít actually live in Bartlett, a pool of suspects created based on the location of the crime was almost impossible.

None of the witnesses interviewed recalled hearing a gunshot...

On a cool spring night exactly 16 years ago, UAF's Bartlett Hall was alive with life, with classes almost out for summer and students watching movies, sipping beers, smoking cigarettes and packing bags for home.

In the midst of it all, a 20-year-old student named Sophie Sergie stepped outside and posed for a picture snapped by a friend. The image showed her arms outstretched in the dark, eyes lit in a smile.

In just a few hours she was dead, brutally raped and murdered in the crowded campus dorm at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Her body was left in a bathtub in a common area bathroom...

"It's been one of the larger mysteries," Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen said. "This is a true whodunit."
UAF journalism department's feature on the case: