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Wednesday, December 7, 2005

[AK] Nome Police Officer Matthew Owens trial - CONVICTED in 2nd trial of killing Sonya

December 2005
Nome Police Officer Matthew Owens was accused of shooting and killing 19-year-old Sonya Dora Nitcuk Ivanoff in 2003. His first trial ended with a hung jury, but his second one ended with a guilty verdict. After a month and a half of testimony and more than 80 witnesses, Owens has been found guilty of first-degree murder and tampering with evidence. The 12 jurors, after deliberating for three and a half days, stood before Judge Ben Esche and said they agreed with the verdict. Several of those jurors were crying.
Info excerpted from: Owens found guilty of murder, KTUU Alaska News, December 6, 2005.

(To see the first blog on this case, go to: [AK] Sonya Dora Nitcuk Ivanoff_murdered Inupiak Eskimo from the village of Unalakleet)


  1. Hi, I'm Kabespir, investigative reporter for the International Native & Metis Women's Council.
    I certainly appreciate the wonderful but sad job of reporting on this case. I am investigating current disappearances as well as old cases in Nome, Alaska at this time and came across your blog. Sensitive and well done...

  2. Thank you for acknowledgment. May your work BE BLESSED because I did see that in news while gathering info on Sonya - that women disappear up there.

    lease keep me updated.

  3. lol matt owens currently lives in canon city colorado...well actally fremont prison where he is an inmate rep for the micky mouse prison offender court...although he isnt listed on inmate search hes there alright lol..busted ;)

  4. he is still there at Fremont Correctional Facility last seen in 2013 in CH8 rm 324

  5. Wow, my first statement on this horrific incident that still haunts me, over a decade after I left this small beautiful & generally peaceful town.
    Still seeing the beautiful smile off this young girl still haunts me, at the same age I was, at the time. She had so much potential and was only there to achieve and advance her life, never asking for anything more then what she gave. I had met her no more than a fortnight before this tragic incident which was nothing but a stalking/obsession, from the officer (Matt Owens) involved. At the time my fiance and at least 2 friends (A Native and a White) had numerously had obscure encounters with him.
    This is my first time talking out about this matter and just hope I can help anyone at all about this, in any way and any information anyone can pass through is appreciated as so much has been hidden as we all know, I hope to hear from anyone, My Name is Nick, I'm sure a few off you know me....


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