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FBI Requests the Public’s Assistance Concerning Israel Keyes

FBI Anchorage December 03, 2012
  • Assistant Special Agent in Charge Kevin Donovan (907) 265-8102

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’ disappearances 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.

  • October 5, 2004 to October 16, 2004: Eastern U.S.
  • April 20, 2005 to April 25, 2005: Washington, British Columbia
  • May 10, 2006 to May 15, 2006: Western U.S.
  • September 1, 2006 to September 7, 2006: Alaska
  • October 21, 2006 to October 23, 2006: Western U.S., Mexico
  • November 8, 2006 to November 16, 2006: Alaska
  • February 5, 2007 to February 8, 2007: Southwest U.S.
  • March 1, 2007 to March 9, 2007: Washington, Canada (drove to Alaska)
  • April 24, 2007 to May 4, 2007: Western U.S., Mexico
  • August 26, 2007 to September 6, 2007: Western U.S.
  • October 29, 2007 to November 2, 2007: Western U.S.
  • November 12, 2007 to November 13, 2007: Western U.S.
  • April 12, 2007 to December 17, 2007: Midwest and Western U.S.
  • May 1, 2008 to January 8, 2008: Western U.S.
  • January 28, 2008 to February 15, 2008: Southern U.S. and Western U.S.
  • May 11, 2008 to May 17,2008: Western U.S.
  • July 3, 2008 to July 7, 2008: Western U.S.
  • September 16, 2008 to September 24, 2008: Western U.S.
  • October 24, 2008 to November 5, 2008: Southwest U.S., Midwest U.S. and Western U.S.
  • December 5, 2008 to December 7, 2008: Hawaii
  • December 11, 2008 to December 25, 2008: Mexico
  • February 23, 2009 to February 27, 2009: Western U.S.
  • April 1, 2009 to April 14, 2009: Eastern U.S., Western U.S.
  • September 11, 2009 to October 03, 2009: Southern U.S.
  • December 17, 2009 to December 29, 2009: Southern U.S.
  • January 11, 2010 to February 25, 2010: Western U.S.
  • March 1, 2010 to March 10, 2010: Western U.S.
  • April 24, 2010 to April 30, 2010: Western U.S.
  • May 19, 2010 to July 18, 2010: Midwest U.S. and Western U.S.
  • July 18, 2010 to July 22, 2010: Southwest U.S.
  • October 15, 2010 to October 25, 2010: Midwest U.S., Eastern U.S.
  • June 2, 2011 to June 16, 2011: Midwest U.S., Eastern U.S.
  • September 15, 2011 to September 25, 2011: Western U.S.
  • February 2, 2012 to February 18, 2012: Southern U.S.
  • March 6, 2012 to March 13, 2012: Southwestern and Southern U.S.

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

An audio recording between Keyes and an investigator and photos of Keyes:

Audio

Israel Keyes 01 (12/3/12)

Israel Keyes 02 (short hair) (12/3/12)


- View press release announcing Keyes’ indictment for murder of Samantha Koenig