U.S. Attorney’s Office Files Charges Against Keyes in Koenig Case

Photo by Daysha Eaton, KSKA - Anchorage

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Anchorage today announced three new charges against Israel Keyes for allegedly kidnapping and killing 18-year-old Samantha Koenig. Kevin Feldis, Chief of the criminal division at the Anchorage U.S. Attorney’s Office described the charges in a press conference this afternoon.

“The indictment alleges that Israel Keys abducted Samantha Koenig from the Common Grounds Coffee Stand on Tudor Road on February 1, 2012 and that he took her against his will to his white pick-up truck across the street and that he confined her and intentionally killed her the next morning,” Feldis said.

Investigators say tracked ATM withdrawals by Keyes, through several states before returning him to Alaska. Koenig’s body was found under the ice of Matanuska Lake in early April. The crime of kidnapping and killing Koenig carries a maximum penalty of life in prison or death. Keyes is set to be arraigned in federal court on the charges tomorrow.