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Anchorage Police Say Found Body is Samantha Koenig

April 04, 2012|By Chris Klint | Channel 2 News

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Anchorage police have confirmed that the body recovered from Matanuska Lake Monday is that of missing 18-year-old barista Samantha Koenig.

APD spokesperson Lt. Dave Parker said late Wednesday afternoon that autopsy results from the state medical examiner’s office confirmed the identity of Koenig’s body. No cause of death has yet been released.

The news came a day after friends of the Koenig family launched a "Color Everything Green For Samantha" movement on the Find Samantha Koenig Facebook page, encouraging people to wear green -- Koenig's favorite color -- and post green ribbons in her memory.

In a Monday press conference announcing the discovery of Koenig's body, APD Chief Mark Mew and FBI Special Agent Mary Rook said only that it was believed to be that of Koenig pending autopsy results.

Mew and Rook also said further charges were pending against Israel Keyes, who was arrested in Texas last month on a federal access-device fraud charge but has been described by APD as “the main player” in Koenig’s disappearance and death.

Koenig is believed to have been killed within hours of her Feb. 1 abduction by an armed man from Midtown coffee stand Common Grounds Espresso. Authorities believe her killer acted alone, and are not seeking any other suspects in the case.

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Local and federal officials removed a large storage shed from a house where Keyes lived late Friday night, then spent the weekend examining it at the FBI's Alaska headquarters in Downtown Anchorage.

Both the FBI and APD are still seeking more information on a white Chevrolet pickup truck Keyes drove while working for his business, Keyes Construction. Anyone who may have helped Keyes remove a large utility rack from the truck or saw it in the vicinity of either Common Grounds or Matanuska Lake on Feb. 1 is asked to contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324).

This is a developing story. Please watch KTUU.com and the Channel 2 newscasts for updates.

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