UAA Freshman Bonnie Craig had a full day scheduled for Sept. 27, 1994: English class at 7 a.m., a psychology paper due, and a meeting with her boyfriend, Cameron Miyasaki.
She didn’t come home that night.
The next night, Sept 28. police informed the father that a hiker spotted the 18 year olds body floating in McHugh Creek.
During all that time, Craig’s family was determined to keep her memory alive and to find the killer. They started the Family and Friends of Bonnie Craig Reward Fund to encourage anyone with information to help in the investigation. The reward was successful in keeping Alaska vigilant of Bonnie’s killer. Police received hundreds of tips in the first few months.
g a 15-year prison sentence for armed robbery.
State Senator Hollis French cited the Craig case as a major reason for signing Senate Bill 110, which extends DNA retention of prisoners up to 50 years.
Because it was a computer system and not a person who found Craig’s killer, the 20,000 dollar reward was not dispersed. Foster and her family have decided to use that money to start a non-profit called the Homicide Reward Fund. The 20,000 dollars is now offered for
those who have information leading to the arrest of four other cold cases.
UAA students remember seeing posters at grocery stores and gas stations, or banners on city buses that asked, “Who killed Bonnie Craig?”
UAA sophomore Brandy Angervine was only three when Bonnie was murdered, but remembers seeing posters around town. Freshman Afonzo Belancio was 12 in 2002, when Unsolved Mysteries aired a piece about the Craig case. A 2004 issue of The Northern Light had a “who killed Bonnie Craig” insert for readers to place on their doors or walls.