A Breakthrough in an Alaska Cold-Case Murder Shines a Light on Violence Against Indigenous Women in the Arctic

Indigenous women and girls face high rates of violence across Alaska. New legislation could begin to address the problem.

On April 26, 1993, the body of a young woman was found in a bathroom at University of Alaska-Fairbanks. Sophie Sergie, a 20-year-old Yupik woman from Pitkas Point, had been raped and killed. She was visiting friends in their dorm, Bartlett Hall, at the university where she’d been enrolled before taking time off to earn money for orthodontic work.

She was last seen around midnight, when she left her friends to smoke a cigarette. Her body was found in a bathtub the following day.

Her assailant’s trail quickly went cold, and the case remained unsolved for more than 25 years. Until last week. Read more at ArcticToday.

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