UAF Chancellor Releases Statement on Sergie Cold Case Arrest

Published: Feb. 16, 2019 at 6:48 PM AKST
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The Alaska State Troopers announced yesterday (fri) that an arrest was made in the murder of Sophie Sergie.

The suspect, Steven H. Downs, was arrested in Maine Friday.

He will be returned to Alaska to face charges of murder and sexual assault.

UAF's Chancellor, Dan White, said quote "Sophie's tragic death was a heartbreaking loss for her family and friends. It sent shock waves throughout our university and local community, and challenged our sense of security. Thank you to the Alaska State Troopers and all of the other law enforcement agencies locally and nationally who never gave up hope of finding Sophie's killer." End quote.

He also announced yesterday that if anyone is struggling with the memories of this tragic event... to reach out for help.

For students, the 'Student Health and Counseling Center' can provide support or counseling.

Students can 474-7043 to speak with someone.

Employees are eligible for free counseling through the 'Employee Assistance Program'.

They can call 1-888-993-7650, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.