Police Remain Hopeful Koenig Still Alive

Anchorage Police Department Officials say they are following up on new leads in the case of missing barista Samantha Koenig. Marlene Lammers is a Public Information Officer with the department. She says the new leads have given police hope that they may find Koenig alive.

“We’re not going to go into details of the case right now. That would basically reveal information that we would have. And we’re not ready to comment on the leads and whatnot that we have. Basically right now, our main concern is continuing to search for her in the hopes of finding her alive.”

The 18-year-old disappeared from the Anchorage coffee stand where she worked more than a month ago. Security video shows her being led away from the stand by an armed man. The reward for information leading to her safe return has grown to $70,000.

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Daysha Eaton is a contributor with the Alaska Public Radio Network. Daysha Eaton holds a B.A. from Evergreen State College, and a M.A. from the University of Southern California. Daysha got her start in radio at Seattle public radio stations, KPLU and KUOW. Before coming to KBBI, she was the News Director at KYUK in Bethel. She has also worked as the Southcentral Reporter for KSKA in Anchorage. Daysha's work has appeared on NPR's "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered", PRI's "The World" and "National Native News". She's happy to take assignments, and to get news tips, which are best sent via email. Daysha became a journalist because she believes in the power of storytelling. Stories connect us and they help us make sense of our world. They shed light on injustice and they comfort us in troubled times. She got into public broadcasting because it seems to fulfill the intention of the 4th Estate and to most effectively apply the freedom of the press granted to us through the Constitution. She feels that public radio has a special way of moving people emotionally through sound, taking them to remote places, introducing them to people they would not otherwise meet and compelling them to think about issues they might ordinarily overlook.