FAIRBANKS — Activists speaking on behalf of families of Alaska murder victims announced a reward of up to $20,000 for information about four unsolved murders Wednesday.

The group, Alaska Citizens for Justice, announced the reward at the State Crime Lab in Anchorage. The money for the fund comes from money raised after the 1994 rape and murder of University of Alaska Anchorage student Bonnie Craig. Craig’s killer was recently identified by a DNA database and an Anchorage jury convicted him of first-degree murder in June.

The reward fund is designed to collect information about four young women killed between 1978 and 2003 in Anchorage, Haines and Sitka.

Karen Foster, a board member and Craig’s mother, told the Daily News-Miner Wednesday the fund’s purpose could be expanded to cover other unsolved murders with approval from the board. For example, it could be used to collect information about the death of Sophie Sergie, a young woman from Pitka’s Point whose body was found in a University of Alaska Fairbanks dormitory bathroom in 1993, she said.

According to a list compiled for a memorial service at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Fairbanks this year, there have been 33 unsolved murders in Interior Alaska since 1972.

Alaska Citizens for Justice is asking anyone with any information that might be helpful in relation to an unsolved murder to call the Alaska State Troopers cold case line at 269-5611.

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