Body of Alaska barista likely found in lake, police say
Police had been looking for the missing barista after she disappeared.
April 3rd, 2012
07:37 AM ET

Body of Alaska barista likely found in lake, police say

A body believed to be that of an 18-year-old barista who disappeared in February has been found in a lake north of Anchorage, police in Alaska said.

Samantha Koenig was last seen on February 1 being led by a man from the parking lot of the coffee stand where she worked.

On Monday, a forensic dive team discovered the body in Matanuska Lake, said Anchorage Police Chief Mark Mew.

The medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to confirm the identity.

"Although some questions have been answered today, I know those answers offer little consolation to the Koenig family and that many more questions remain," said Mary Rook, the special agent in charge of the investigation.

"I know one question both the Koenig family and the people of Anchorage have asked from the outset is, 'Why Samatha?'"

Koenig was taken from the Common Grounds Espresso stand, in the parking lot of an Anchorage fitness club, around 8 p.m. on February 1.

More on Koenig's case:

Young barista's abduction sparks fear in Anchorage

Arrest made in case of missing Alaska barista

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  1. banasy©

    My goes out to Miss Koenig's family and friends.
    My sympathy for their loss.
    This is sad...just so sad.

    April 3, 2012 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar The Chorizo Chimp Of Chihuahua

    The guy was wearing a hoodie.........

    April 3, 2012 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  3. Phil Spectre

    Fear Of A Black Hoodie

    April 3, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  4. Superman

    I feel deep sadness on this investigation,as a father myself my two daughters i worry all the time, to the family we all love you and and you have our deepest of sympathys and will always be remembered

    April 3, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  5. raven

    I used to ride my bike all over Anch. when I was a kid. My gramma' s house was on third ave. and I would go down there all the time. Alone. It's not the same friendly little town any longer. It's such a shame that it takes a tragedy like this to bring about a sense of community in some circles, and a sense of enmity for those who cared for her the deepest. Won't say anything about closure, because I don't think there ever is, but I hope they find answers.

    April 3, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |