Internet Rumors and Speculation Cast Pall on Koenig Acquaintance (KTVA.com exclusive) - UPDATED with response from James Koenig, Samantha's father
Young man named in prior court documents leaving state because of what police say are unfounded accusations
Weeks after police stopped investigating him as a potential person of interest, he still received accusations and threats based on internet speculation.
“If they fell off, why can’t the world fall off?” he said, shaking his head.
Outside in the lobby, Nevaeh sat perched in the corner of the puffy printed loveseat, furry snow boots barely reaching the edge of the cushions. She blinked a few times, eyes sleepy, and shrugged her bright pink winter coat off her thin shoulders.
“Where’s my daddy?” she whispered.
UPDATE: Samantha Koenig's father, James Koenig, sent in the following response to this story. The words are his and not reporting or commentary by KTVA.
March 7, 2012
My name is James Koenig, I am the father of Samantha Tessla Koenig, the young lady that was abducted from the coffee stand in Anchorage, Alaska, at which she was working at, at approximately 8 p.m., on February 1, 2012.
My daughter has been missing for 36 days now, with no word or solid leads of her whereabouts. I have been working tirelessly, trying to find who could have taken Samantha, and for what reason. I have been providing the Anchorage Police Department with every possible piece of information I can think of, as well as all tips and clues that come through the websites and USPS.
I have been conducting my own investigation, and do not know if I am on the right track or not; this is due to the lack of information the police share with me, which I understand, being an ongoing investigation, but am not happy with, because if I am on the right track, and know it, then that is just one more person helping bring Samantha home.
I, myself, along with a team of what were once volunteers, but have now become dear friends, have put together several Facebook pages in Samantha’s name, a website in her name (helpfindsamanthakoenig.com), as well as Post Office Box 91772 Anchorage, Alaska, 99509-1772, for anonymous tips. If anyone has any information, no matter how insignificant you think it may be, I ask for you to please call the Anchorage Police Department at 1-(907)-786-2460, or to stay anonymous, you can call 1-(907)-561-STOP, or you can leave anonymous tips on Samantha’s website.
I can be reached anytime on my Facebook page as well, please just send a message and I will get back with you.
Samantha is a full of life young lady, and has the biggest personality. She can put you in a good mood when you are feeling down, just by her starting to laugh; she is infectious with her charm and wit, “sarcastic wit” at that. She has always wanted to work with animals, either in the equestrian field, or the wild animal kingdom. She was starting to consider enlisting in the Navy, to become a nurse to help people, and build a lucrative career, which the idea of this was making me very proud, as I always am of her, that she could make that kind of a decision on her own. Unfortunately, medical issues put a halt to that dream.