'Person of interest' in Samantha Koenig case brought back to Alaska

Associated PressMarch 26, 2012 

The U.S. Marshal's Service says the man listed a "person of interest" in the abduction of 18-year-old Anchorage barista Samantha Koenig has been returned to Anchorage from Texas.

Marshals arrived Monday afternoon with 34-year-old Israel Keyes. He was transferred to the Anchorage Correctional Complex.

Keyes was arrested on a charge of access device fraud for allegedly making cash withdrawals from a stolen debit card. The card was not Koenig's.

Koenig has been missing since the night of Feb. 1. A surveillance camera at the Midtown coffee shack where she worked showed her being led away by a man police believe was armed.

Koenig's father says she did not know Keyes. James Koenig told the Anchorage Daily News he believes his daughter is the victim of a random abduction.

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