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Israel Keyes, "person of interest" in disappearance of Alaska barista Samantha Koenig, returns to Anchorage

Israel Keyes Alaska Police Department

Israel Keyes
Anchorage Police Dept

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

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Marshals arrived Monday afternoon in Anchorage with 34-year-old Israel Keyes. He was transferred to the Anchorage Correctional Complex. Anchorage police linked him to the apparent abduction Feb. 1 of Koenig, who is still missing.

A surveillance camera at the coffee shack where Koenig worked showed her being led away by a man police believe was armed.

According to ABC News, Keyes was arrested March 13 in Lufkin, Texas on a charge of access device fraud for allegedly making cash withdrawals from a stolen debit card. The card was not Koenig's.

The police have refused to say how Keyes is involved in Koenig's disappearance, and Koenig's father James Koenig said Friday the card did not belong to him or anyone he knows.

When Koenig's father was asked if he had any information on how his daughter might have known Keyes, James Koenig responded, "Sam (Samantha) does not know him. Period."

Koenig told the Anchorage Daily News he believes his daughter is the victim of a random abduction.

"This, in my eyes, was a random abduction. This was nothing to do with me, her, anyone in my family, no one's background, none of that," Koenig said. "This guy went and stole a kid out of a coffee shop."

Anyone with past personal or business contacts with Keyes, owner of Keyes Construction, is asked to call 1-800-225-5324 or 1-800-CALL-FBI.

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