Israel Keyes Victims: FBI Reaches Out To Public In Effort To Find Identities
The FBI is reaching out to the public for help identifying victims of serial killer Israel Keyes.
Keyes was arrested last year in Alaska for the abduction and murder of coffee barista Samantha Koenig. According to reports, Keys admitted to at least seven other killings, but left the police with incomplete information and committed suicide in December, preventing the true extent of his crimes from being discovered without the public’s help.
“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 described significant planning and preparation for his murders, reflecting a meticulous and organized approach to his crimes,” the FBI said in a statement at the time of Keyes’ death.
The FBI has since collected information on Keyes’ many trips, many of which took the killer into Canada and Mexico. To help identify victims, the FBI released an interactive map of Keyes’ travels on Tuesday. They are asking the public to look at the map in the hopes that someone will remember something about Keyes or come to the FBI with any leads on possible victims.
“During conversations with investigators, the 34-year-old sometime construction worker revealed the names of two additional victims – along with tantalizing clues about other murders he had committed around the country over a period of years,” reads the FBI statement accompanying the map.
The FBI plans on using the map of Keyes’ travels to cross reference missing persons cases that might correspond to Keyes’ hints of other crimes.
“If we have a missing person identified in a particular area, we work closely with that local police department to either connect the person to Keyes or not,” Special Agent Jolene Goeden says.
Goeden revealed that Keyes took pleasure in his crimes and, though he chose his victims randomly, planned ahead by leaving “murder kits” hidden across the country filled with weapons and cash so that Keyes would always have a quick getaway.
“Israel Keyes never expressed in any way, shape or form that he was ashamed of or regretted his actions. He knew what he was and he was fine with it,” Anchorage Detective Monique Doll said after Keyes’ death.
Anybody with information is encouraged to call the FBI.
– Olivia Truffaut-Wong