Sophie Sergie

John Wager/Fairbanks Daily News Miner

The man accused of murdering Sophie Sergie (SUR-ghee) in a university dormitory 26 years ago is being arraigned in Fairbanks on Wednesday. He was handed into Alaska custody last week by Federal Marshals and is now in Fairbanks.

Steven Downs was extradited from Maine, where he was arrested on February 15 of this year, by Maine State Police. He was held in Androscoggin County Jail in Auburn, where he lives. then transferred to Federal Custody before arriving in Alaska last week.


Alaska’s statistics for murder and sexual assault show Native women as the most victimized demographic. Survivors and families say racism prevents cases from being properly investigated.

A rally yesterday in Fairbanks drew a crowd concerned about missing and murdered Native women.


Arrest Renews Loss

Feb 20, 2019
Alaska State Troopers

People gathered yesterday (Tues) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks to reflect, following recent news of the arrest of a suspect in the long unsolved campus murder of Pitkas Point resident Sophie Sergie (SIR-gee, w/hard “G”). KUAC’s Dan Bross attended the healing ceremony.

Alaska State Troopers

There’s a break in a murder case that has haunted Fairbanks for over a quarter century. Alaska State Troopers held a press conference Friday identifying a Maine man as a suspect in a 1993 sexual assault and murder at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.