Alaska troopers announce cold-case murder arrest
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Alaska troopers announce cold-case murder arrest

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska State Troopers say a suspect has been arrested in the sexual assault and murder of a 20-year-old woman whose body was found in a dorm bathtub at the University of Alaska Fairbanks nearly 26 years ago.

Troopers say 44-year-old Steven Downs of Auburn, Maine, was arrested in Auburn on Friday on charges of first-degree murder and sexual assault in the 1993 death of Sophie Sergie of Pitkas Point.

Troopers say new DNA technology led to Downs.

According to troopers, Downs was a UAF student at the time and lived at the dorm where Sergie’s body was found.

Sergie was not a UAF student, but was staying with a friend at the dorm.

Troopers say Downs will be extradited to Alaska. Online court files do not list his attorney.

The Associated Press

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