The disappearance of Samantha Koenig is entering day six and the details in this case are starting to look eerily similar to another missing persons case on the other side of the country. In fact, the only thing that doesn't make this look like a connected occurrence is the distance between the two cases.
Eighteen-year-old Samantha Koenig was reportedly abducted on Wednesday night. Police will not release the surveillance footage (yet), but say that the man responsible was wearing a dark hoodie and possibly a baseball cap. They are not releasing how tall he was or how much he could've weighed, which is absolutely strange. Could they possibly have an idea as to who has done this, and they're just not wanting to tip him off to that? It's reported that Samantha had sought a restraining order against an unnamed man, but didn't follow through because she was too scared. However, police claim that they don't believe that this occurrence is related to the protective order in 2011.
Now this is where the case seems similar to another. In April of 2011, nursing student Holly Bobo was allegedly led from her yard in Darden, Tennessee on foot. The man described by Clint Bobo, her brother, was in camouflage gear and he couldn't see his face. The two of them walked off into the wilderness and haven't been seen since. It was reported earlier on in the Holly Bobo case that the missing woman had sought a restraining order against a former boyfriend, but that also doesn't appear to be connected.
In the case of Samantha Koenig, it's reported that the surveillance footage shows her leaving with her armed captor on foot, walking away into the Alaska wilderness to disappear in the deep snow. It just seems so weird how these two cases are similar.
What's frustrating about this case is that they are not releasing a good description of the assailant, nor are they releasing the surveillance footage. Even though the man's face cannot be seen in the video, seeing his general appearance could prove helpful in case someone who knows him sees it. It's ridiculous that police have not considered this unless they do in fact already know who has this young woman. And if that's the case, why haven't they done anything about it?
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