UPDATE: 12/2/12 – Israel Keyes has committed suicide in jail on Dec. 1, 2012, reports KTLA. At a joint press conference by the U.S. Attorney’s office, FBI and Anchorage Police Department on Sunday, authorities said that Keyes had confessed to the Koenig murder. He also said he used a chainsaw to break through the ice at Matanuska Lake to dispose of her body.
Keyes also admitted to killing Bill and Lorraine Currier, who went missing in June 2011 and whose bodies have never been found.
Keyes also led investigators to believe he had killed four people in Washington State and one in New York State. No names have been released. Keyes committed his crimes over a 10-year period.
Update: Israel Keyes has been indicted and charged with kidnapping that led to the death of Samantha Koenig. Keyes also was charged with receipt and possession of ransom money and fraud with an access device.
UPDATE: A body has been recovered by a dive team from Matanuska Lake and the authorities believe it may be the body of missing Samantha Koenig, 18, of Anchorage, Alaska, reports the Washington Post.
Police believe that it was a random act and there was no connection between the abductor and Samantha or any of her family. They also believe that Samantha died within hours of her abduction, Anchorage Police Chief Mark Mew said.
The Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to verify identity and cause of death.
Update: On Thursday, March 15, 2012, Police announced that they have arrested a man in connection with the disappearance of Samantha Koenig, 18, reports KTRE News. Samantha was last seen working at a drive-through coffee stand called Common Grounds Expresso on Wednesday night February 1 in Anchorage, Alaska around 8:00 p.m. when her shift ended. Her boyfriend came to pick her up, but Samantha was not there.
Police announced that they have arrested Israel Keyes, 34, who they are calling a “person of interest” in the case. Keyes is a construction contractor that works for his own company, Keyes Construction.
Keyes was pulled over for a traffic violation while he was driving his car in Luftin, Texas and then arrested. KTRE reports that when police searched the car they “found enough evidence in the vehicle to arrest the driver for suspected kidnapping.”
UPDATE: Detective Slawomir Markiewicz tells the Anchorage Daily News that surveillance tapes from that night show a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt and possibly a baseball cap who was apparently armed, leaving with Samantha. They are seen walking toward the Old Seward Highway. Markiewicz says the case has been classified as an abduction based on Koenig’s demeanor and the man’s actions from the tape.
Samantha Koenig, 18, was last seen working at a drive-through coffee stand called Common Grounds Expresso on Wednesday night in Anchorage, Alaska around 8:00 p.m. when her shift ended.
Her boyfriend came to pick her up, but Samantha was not there.
Court records show that Samantha filed a protective order against a man in November, but she never followed through with the order. Authorities do not know if the incident is related to Samantha’s disappearance.
Samantha’s family said they believe Samantha was taken, because everything was normal when her father spoke to her early that evening.
Samantha is 5’4″ tall, 160 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes. If you have any information please call the Anchorage Police Dept. at 907-786-8900.