Body believed to be that of Samantha Koenig found

Anchorage police say they have recovered a body they believe is Samantha Koenig, the 18-year-old abducted from a Anchorage coffee stand on Feb. 1.

 Police Chief Mark Mew told reporters the body was found in Matanuska Lake, and that an autopsy is being conducted to confirm the identity.

Mew said  Investigators believe Samantha died within hours or her abduction, and they also believe the person responsible is in custody.

Police and F B I agents were reportedly at the lake this afternoon following up on leads in the case and searching for evidence.

On February 1, Koenig was working at Common Grounds Espresso in Anchorage, when a man with a gun walked up to the coffee hut.

Police say video surveillance shows a man holding a weapon walk up to the coffee hut just before 8 p.m, and forced her to leave with him on foot.

Last month, police named Israel Keyes, a 34-year-old self-employed carpenter, as a "person of interest" in Koenig's abduction.

According to an FBI agent's affidavit, Keyes used a card reportedly stolen hours after Koenig vanished to steal more than $2,400 from an unnamed man's bank account in several transactions in Anchorage and the Lower 48.

He was caught in Texas on March 13 with the stolen card and rolls of cash, the affidavit says.

The investigation is continuing.