Sophie Sergie was a 20 year-old Alaskan Native woman who was found sexually assaulted and murdered in a dormitory bathtub at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. This was around 26 years ago and the family of Sophie has been waiting on justice ever since.
Amanda Price, the Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety in Alaska started off the announcement on their Facebook page via Facebook live along with members of the Sergie family which included her mother Elena, brother Stephen, and cousin Olga. “I am tremendously proud of the dedication and commitment that this team has shown” Price stated. She goes on to say that the entire department send their “tremendous sympathy to Sophie’s family” and that they continue to sympathize with them.
According to Col. Barry Wilson of the Alaska State Troopers, Steven H. Downs was arrested in Auburn, Maine on Friday, February 15, 2019 by authorities in Maine after obtaining a DNA sample from him. Steven Downs was an 18 year-old student at the University in April of 1993 when this crime occurred. DNA evidence has been compared with DNA samples provided for genetic genealogy screening. The idea came to the Alaskan State Troopers’ cold case unit after learning of the same method to solve the Golden State Killer cold case in April of 2018.
At the time of her murder, Sophie Sergie was a resident of Pitkas Point, a primarily indigenous populated town in Alaska. She was visiting the University of Alaska Fairbanks on personal business and was going to stay with a friend there. She was last seen alive in April 1993.