Teen’s apparent abduction caught on tape?

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  • 18-year-old Samantha Koenig last seen at coffee shack on February 1
  • Police say video appears to show man forcing teen to leave with her
  • Father says missing teen had been having problems with a man

Authorities in Alaska are searching for a missing teenager believed to have been abducted outside the coffee hut where she worked last week.

Samantha Koenig, 18, was last seen on February 1 working at a Common Grounds coffee shack in Anchorage. Police told the Anchorage Daily News that surveillance video showed a man in a hooded sweatshirt forcing Koenig out of the coffee stand and out of the frame. They believe the abductor was carrying a weapon.

Lt. Dave Parker of the Anchorage Police Department told HLN that investigators will not release the video because it is impossible to make out the face of the suspect in it, so they believe it would not assist in finding Koenig. Parker also declined to say what items, if any, Samantha left behind at the coffee hut.

Samantha’s father, James Koenig, told HLN her boyfriend was supposed to pick her up from work that night, but there was another man who she recently had been having problems with. He would not discuss the nature of her relationship to that man, but court records show the teen filed a petition for a protective order against a 24-year-old man last November accusing him of sexual assault. The petition was dismissed when she did not appear for a hearing.

Police told the Anchorage Daily News that the man is not considered a potential suspect in Koenig’s disappearance. The paper reported Wednesday that the FBI has now joined the investigation.

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