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FBI: Alaska barista assaulted, dismembered



Published: Tue, December 4, 2012 @ 8:00 p.m.

FBI: Alaska barista assaulted, dismembered

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man who died this week in jail in an apparent suicide had sexually assaulted and killed an Alaska barista the day after he abducted her in February, the FBI said Tuesday.

Israel Keyes told authorities he then left the woman’s body in toolshed for two weeks while he went on a cruise.

Keyes dismembered the body of 18-year-old Samantha Koenig after he returned from the cruise, and disposed of it in a frozen lake north of Anchorage, the FBI said in a release.

Keyes, 34, was arrested in Koenig’s death in March in Texas, and police say he is suspected of killing at least seven other people across the country over the past decade.

His body was found in his Anchorage jail cell Sunday after he apparently killed himself.

Also Tuesday, authorities released video footage of Keyes abducting Koenig, caught by a surveillance camera.

In the video, a man identified as Keyes wears a black mask with eye holes as he climbs through the window of an Anchorage coffee kiosk.

Koenig is seen putting her hands up several times before Keyes leads her out. Police say Koenig was killed hours later. Her body was recovered from the lake in April.

Keyes had faced a March trial in the killing.


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