(NBC News) Divers searching an icy Alaska lake found a body they believe is of 18-year-old barista Samantha Koenig, who was abducted two months ago from a drive-up coffee stand, authorities said Monday.
A dive team recovered the body in icy Matanuska Lake, about 35 miles northeast of Anchorage, Police Chief Mark Mew told reporters at a news conference, and will conduct forensic tests to confirm that it belongs to Samantha Koenig.
Investigators believe she died within hours of her Feb. 1 abduction from the Anchorage coffee stand, Mew said.
“Investigators further believe that the person responsible for Samantha’s death acted alone, and we’re confident we have that person in custody,” he said, adding that charges for Koenig’s kidnapping and murder “will be forthcoming.”
He was arrested last month in Lufkin, Texas, and charged in federal court with illegally using another person’s bank card to withdraw cash in various states. He has pleaded innocent and was being held without bail.
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