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Serial Killer Spent Time in Texas
FBI Seeking Information About Israel Keyes’ Houston-Area Travels and Activities

FBI Houston August 13, 2013
  • Special Agent Shauna Dunlap (713) 936-7638

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) requests the public’s assistance in developing information about the travels and activities of now-deceased serial killer Israel Keyes who spent time in several Texas cities, including Houston, Humble, and Shepherd. Anyone with information about Keyes is asked to call 1-800-CALL-FBI.

Israel Keyes

Serial killer Israel Keyes (deceased)

Based upon investigation, Keyes is believed to have committed at least 11 kidnappings and murders across the country between 2001 and March 2012. Keyes committed suicide on December 2, 2012 while in custody in Anchorage, Alaska, after confessing to being a serial killer.

The FBI is attempting to identify the extent of Keyes’ travels and activities across the country, including Texas. Despite Keyes’ denial, investigators believe Keyes may be responsible for a homicide in Texas or a surrounding state and are seeking the public’s assistance specifically as it pertains to the following locations during the time period of February 12 - March 13, 2012.

Houston, Texas

On February 12, 2012, Keyes rented a blue 2011 Kia Soul from a Houston car rental agency and had the vehicle until February 18, 2012. Rental records show 2,847 miles were logged in that time period. In addition to Keyes’ time in Houston, investigators suspect he spent a large part of his time in the Dallas area, where his family lived.

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2011 blue Kia Soul rented by Keyes in Houston

Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas

During February 2012, Keyes admitted traveling through the cities of Azle, Aledo, and Cleburne, Texas. Investigators suspect Keyes’ rental vehicle became stuck in a muddy, rural area, possibly near Cleburne, Texas, between February 12 and 16, 2012.

Glen Rose, Texas Area

Keyes is also suspected of visiting the Post Oak Cemetery in the Glen Rose, Texas area between February 12 and 16, 2012.

Shepherd, Texas

On March 8, 2012, Keyes withdrew cash from an ATM at the Peoples State Bank in Shepherd, Texas.

Humble, Texas

On March 10, 2012, Keyes withdrew cash from an ATM at the Humble Community Bank in Humble, Texas.

Lufkin, Texas

On March 13, 2012, Keyes was arrested for access device fraud related to using an ATM card of Anchorage murder victim Samantha Koenig. At the time of his arrest, Keyes had three telephone numbers in his possession. Investigators determined the numbers were of prostitutes—all from the Houston area.

In 2012, Israel Keyes was 34 years old and described as 6’2” tall and 190 pounds.

To view additional information, photographs, and interactive timeline, and videotaped interviews of Keyes, please see the related story on FBI.gov.

The FBI is seeking information from any person having contact with Keyes or his vehicle during this time frame. If you have any information concerning his travels and activities, you are asked to contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI

- View related FBI.gov story, videos, photos, and interactive timeline
- Related FBI Anchorage press release