Craig family sharing $20,000 justice fund for Alaskan cold cases

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.

The bus schedule wouldn’t get her to school in time, so Craig had decided to walk the 2.5 miles to UAA. In the next few days, detectives reported that Craig was abducted between five and six a.m. The case went unsolved for nearly a decade.11 years later after her death, the killer was found. Six years later—after six court dates were scheduled then postponed—the killer wasconvicted on July 15, 2011. Now Kenneth Dion awaits to be sentenced on Oct 31.

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.

Bonnie’s mother, Karen Foster, said that in the past 17 years, she has always tried to make something good out of Bonnie’s death.“The most important things is that she did not die in vain and that there will be new changes because of her murder, so that others do not have to suffer and that we can prevent other crimes from happening,” Foster said.In 2006, a national database matched the DNA of Kenneth Dion to DNA found on Craig’s body.  Dion was then in New Hampshire, servin

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.

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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.