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FBI Requesting Public's Help In Possibly Identifying More Victims Of Suspected Serial Killer

 

COLVILLE, Wash - Suspected serial killer Israel Keyes apparently kept a low profile when he lived in the Colville area in the mid 90's.  When KHQ contacted Colville Police and the Stevens County Sheriff's Office, neither department remembered having run-ins with him.  But his name is certainly making headlines now.
 
Keyes was in jail in Alaska, awaiting trail for the murder of an 18-year-old barista, when he was found dead in his cell Sunday.  In the days leading to his death, he gave investigators bits and pieces of information, and admitted to 8 killings, including a couple in Vermont, the teen in Alaska, one person in New York, and four people in Washington state.
 
FBI spokespeople told KHQ Monday unsolved murders across the state are now being looked at for possible matches, as well as people who've been reported missing but never found.  As for a timeline, the FBI says the murders could have been committed at any point in Keyes' life. 
 
The FBI also released an audio tape of Keyes speaking with investigators, in which he said he'd been two different people for the last 14 years.

 

FBI Press Release:

Mary Rook, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for the State of Alaska requests the public's assistance in developing information concerning the travels of suspected serial killer ISRAEL KEYES, deceased, in order to identify additional victims. Anyone with information concerning Keyes is encouraged to contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL- FBI.

Based upon investigation conducted following his arrest in March 2012, Israel Keyes is believed to have committed multiple kidnappings and murders across the country between 2001 and March 2012.  Keyes lived in Washington from 2001 to March 2007, at which time he moved to Alaska.  While living in Alaska, Keyes worked as a general contractor but traveled extensively.  In a series of interviews with law enforcement, Keyes described significant planning and preparation for his murders, reflecting a meticulous and organized approach to his crimes.  It was not unusual for Keyes to fly into an airport, rent a car, and drive hundreds of miles to his final destination.  This was the case in the murder of Bill and Loraine Currier, where Keyes flew into Chicago, rented a car, and drove across several states before arriving in Essex, Vermont.  After the murder of the Curriers, Keyes continued his travels on the east coast before returning to Chicago and then to Alaska. 

Keyes admitted responsibility for robbing several banks during this time frame, two of which investigators have corroborated.  Keyes used the proceeds from his bank robberies to pay for his travel, along with money he made as a general contractor.  Keyes also admitted traveling to various locations to leave supplies he planned to use in a future crime.  Keyes buried caches throughout the United States.  The FBI has recovered two caches buried by Keyes – one in Eagle River, Alaska and one near Blakes Falls Reservoir in New York.  The caches contained weapons and other items used to dispose of bodies.  Keyes indicated the other caches he buried throughout the U.S. contain weapons, money, and items used to dispose of victims. 

Investigators believe that Keyes did not know any of his victims prior to their abductions.  He described several remote locations that he frequented to look for victims – parks, campgrounds, trailheads, cemeteries, boating areas, etc.  Keyes also told investigators that prior to the Currier case, his victims' disappearance received little if any media coverage.  Based on his own research, Keyes stated that one of his victims has been recovered but authorities ruled the death accidental.  Investigators have not identified this victim or where this crime occurred. 

Keyes admitted to murdering four people in Washington; he killed two people (independent of each other) sometime during 2005 and 2006, and murdered a couple in Washington between 2001 and 2005.  It is unknown if these victims were residents of Washington or if they were vacationing in Washington but resided in another state.  It is also possible Keyes abducted them from a nearby state and transported them to Washington.

Additionally, Keyes admitted to investigators that in 2009 he murdered a victim on the east coast and disposed of the body in New York State.  Based on Keyes' statements, investigators believe Keyes abducted the victim from a surrounding state and transported him/her to New York. 

The timeline below is an outline of Keyes' travels and whereabouts throughout the United States from 2001 to present. Due to Keyes' pattern of traveling significant distances by car, the locations are grouped by region rather than specific states. 

 

10/05/2004 to 10/16/2004             Eastern US

04/20/2005 to 04/25/2005            WA, British Columbia

05/10/2006 to 05/15/2006            Western US

09/01/2006 to 09/07/2006            Alaska

10/21/2006 to 10/23/2006            Western US, Mexico

11/08/2006 to 11/16/2006             Alaska

02/05/2007 to 02/08/2007            Southwest US

03/01/2007 to 03/09/2007            WA, Canada (drove to Alaska)

04/24/2007 to 05/04/2007            Western US, Mexico

08/26/2007 to 09/06/2007            Western US

10/29/2007 to 11/02/2007            Western US

11/12/2007 to 11/13/2007            Western US

12/04/2007 to 12/17/2007            Midwest and Western US

01/05/2008 to 01/08/2008            Western US

01/28/2008 to 02/15/2008            Southern US and Western US

05/11/2008 to 05/17/2008            Western US

07/03/2008 to 07/07/2008            Western US

09/16/2008 to 09/24/2008            Western US

10/24/2008 to 11/05/2008            Southwest US, Midwest US and Western US

12/05/2008 to 12/07/2008            Hawaii

12/11/2008 to 12/25/2008            Mexico

02/23/2009 to 02/27/2009            Western US

04/01/2009 to 04/14/2009            Eastern US, Western US

09/11/2009 to 10/03/2009            Southern US

12/17/2009 to 12/29/2009            Southern US

01/11/2010 to 02/25/2010            Western US

03/01/2010 to 03/10/2010            Western US

04/24/2010 to 04/30/2010            Western US

05/19/2010 to 07/18/2010            Midwest US and Western US

07/18/2010 to 07/22/2010            Southwest US

10/15/2010 to 10/25/2010            Midwest US, Eastern US

06/02/2011 to 06/16/2011            Midwest US, Eastern US

09/15/2011 to 09/25/2011            Western US

02/02/2012 to 02/18/2012            Southern US

03/06/2012 to 03/13/2012            Southwestern and Southern US

 

 

If you have information for law enforcement please contact 1-800-CALL- FBI.  

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