Sonya Ivanoff has died, her obituary has been published over two decades after she was murdered – According to its own website, fewer than 4,000 people live in Nome, Alaska, a town perhaps best known as the finish line of the Iditarod sled dog race. While this may seem like a piece of cake to some city dwellers, Nome certainly attracts its fair share of those looking for something more. Sonya Ivanoff is one of those seekers.
After graduating high school in 2002, Ivanov moved to Nome from Unalakleet. Her best friend Timayre told Dateline that Sonia was “determined to make money and go to college”. In the summer of 2003, Thiemier joined Sonia in Nome, where they were roommates and did everything together. On August 11, 2003, Sonia disappeared. Two days later, a volunteer searcher found her body through The Nome Nugget. Who killed Sonia Ivanov? Datelines have the answer.
Florence Habros and her sister Dennett may be the last two women to see Ivanov alive, according to the Anchorage Daily News. At around 1:30 a.m. on August 11, the sisters saw Ivanov on the sidewalk in front of her mother’s house. They each said hello and then watched as Ivanov got into a police car that was “driving away in a direction that wouldn’t go to Ivanov’s house.”
On August 13, members of the search team searching for Ivanov found a body. The next day, “authorities publicly confirmed that the body they found in a gravel pit outside the city belonged to Ivanov.” Upon hearing this, Florence Habros had to report her disappearance in Sonia Tell the police what happened that night. Habros was also scared because she saw Ivanov and a policeman walking away. “I was shaking,” she said.
After sharing this important information with police, Habros said nothing had happened for weeks. When police finally got in touch with Habros, they claimed her name was misspelled. It’s a common mistake when they get so many calls about a case. Police are already searching for Matthew Clay Owens, 28, who was on duty that night. Not only did the bullet found in Ivanov’s head match Owens’ gun, but he is under investigation for stalking or having sex with “more than four young women” while on duty.
He was charged with first-degree murder in October 2003, but did not stand trial until January 2005. The story gets even more bizarre when Owens takes extra steps to keep the police away from him. What has he done and where is he now?
Where is Matthew Owens now?
The Seattle Times noted that prosecutor Richard Svobodny claimed Owens “committed murder and staged the theft of a police car a few weeks later, which found a An ominous letter to the police.”
In the notes, Owens repeatedly referred to the police as “pigs” and claimed that “Sonia was just a person in the wrong place at the wrong time.” He ended up threatening “to your head if you got close.” Shoot” (Owens v State). This bizarre attempt to divert attention away from him didn’t work.
Owens’ first trial “finished with a pending jury.” His second attempt didn’t. On December 6, 2005, he was “convicted of first-degree murder and tampering with evidence”. For this, he was sentenced to 101 years in prison, which was upheld after two appeals.
On April 27, 2007, then-Alaska Governor Sarah Palin signed the Sonia Ivanov Act into law. The law “sets the maximum penalty for first-degree murder committed by a sheriff on duty”. While nothing could bring Sonia Ivanov back, it was the only bright spot that could have come from such a tragic death.