Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Reward For Kidnapped Anchorage Barista Samantha Koenig Up To $41,000; Community Mobilizes To Find Her

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Update April 2nd: Bad news -- the body of Samantha Koenig was found in Matanuska Lake. Updated post HERE.

The reward for information leading to the resolution of the case of missing Anchorage barista Samantha Koenig has been increased to $41,000, and a Facebook page has been launched to facilitate her recovery. Here's the latest flyer:

-- http://www.facebook.com/pages/Please-Help-Find-Samantha-Koenig/328733013838027

Samantha Koenig suddenly disappeared from her job at Common Grounds Espresso located at 630 E. Tudor Road around 8 P.M. on Wednesday February 1st. Video from the scene, which has not yet been publicly released by police, shows a man wearing a dark hoodie and possibly a baseball cap entering the shop, then prodding her towards the Old Seward Highway. Based upon Samantha's demeanor and the man's actions, police have concluded a high likelihood of a kidnapping. APD spokesman Lt. Dave Parker said releasing the video wouldn't help solve the case, noting "There's nothing in there that will help us identify the perpetrator. We've already told people it's a male wearing a hoodie and that's about all we can tell." Apprehension of the suspect could be delayed by the fact that the coffee stand didn't report Samantha as missing about noon on Thursday February 2nd because it normally closes down at night. By the time police suspected an abduction, snow had covered up tracks and scents.

When Common Grounds re-opened on February 2nd, owner Michelle Duncan said the door was locked and the windows boarded and locked, but the security alarm hadn't been set and nothing was cleaned. In addition, all the cash was missing.

Samantha's father James Koenig has launched an all-out effort to find Samantha. Due to an outburst of local generosity, he was able to increase the reward figure from an initial $10,000 to $41,000. Flyers like the one posted here are being distributed, and collection buckets have been set up at some local businesses. Even Fairbanks is getting involved; Interior Graphics & Printing are doing flyers for free.

Samantha Koenig has has three sisters and two brothers, all of whom are assisting in the search.

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