The Murder of Sonya Ivanoff

The Murder of Sonya Ivanoff

Update: 2024-01-301


This week, we are discussing the murder of 19-year-old Alaska native Sonya Ivanoff, who was walking home one night after visiting a friend. Fortunately a brave eyewitness came forward with information that would turn the investigation on its head. 

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  1. Troopers whittle down…”, AP, 22 Oct 2003

  2. Suspect demonstrated suspicious…”, AP, 10 Nov 2003

  3. Trial begins for…”, AP, 19 Jan 2005

  4. Officer killed woman…”, AP, 21 Jan 2005

  5. Murder victim entered…”, AP, 24 Jan 2005

  6. Woman was involved…”, AP, 7 Feb 2005

  7. Prosecutors rest case…”, AP, 11 Feb 2005

  8. Murder trial hears…”, AP, 25 Feb 2005

  9. Trial jury pick…”, AP, 21 Oct 2005

  10. A few feet…”, AP, 28 Oct 2005

  11. State wants a…”, AP, 30 Dec 2005

  12. Ex-officer jailed…”, AP, 21 Apr 2006

  13. Three file civil…”, AP, 28 Apr 2006

  14. McKenzie, Victoria, “In a small…”, AP, 15 Sep 2019

  15. McKenzie, Victoria and Wong, Maye-e, “In Nome, Va…”, AP, 25 Dec 2019

  16. Dateline “A Walk in the Rain”

  17. Alaska Department of Corrections

  18. Sonya Ivanoff Act

  19. Owens v. State, Court of Appeals, 3 March, 2010 

  20. Matthew C. Owns v. State of Alaska, Court of Appeals of the State of Alaska, 28 July, 2021

  21. Brant, Tataboline, “Nome police must work…”, Anchorage Daily News, 29 October, 2003 

  22. Ex-police officer on trial…”, AP, 19 January, 2005

  23. Alaska Police Standards Council, 14 December, 2005 

  24. Senior Assistant District Attorney…”, State of Alaska Department of Law, 6 December 2005

  25. Haecker, Diana, “Matt Owens sentenced…”, The Nome Nugget, 16 April, 2006 

  26. Holland, Megan, “Appeals court upholds…”, Anchorage Daily News, 5 March, 2010

  27. Jury convicts ex-police officer…”, AP 

  28. Medearis, Sandra L, “Owens’ murder conviction…”, The Nome Nugget, 27 October, 2017 

  29. Hopkins, Kyle, “Nome officer who admitted…”, Anchorage Daily News, 23 August, 2018 

  30. Hughes, Art, “In Nome, a legacy…”, Native News, 12 September, 2019 

  31. In small Alaska city…”, AP, 12 September, 2019

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