ALBANY, N.Y. – The FBI is releasing new information that reveals Israel Keyes, believed to have committed multiple kidnappings and murders across the United States between 2001 and March 2012, had an unidentified upstate New York victim.
In December 2012, Israel Keyes killed himself in his Anchorage jail cell, leaving a trail of unanswered questions and unidentified victims, and investigators believe that he killed and buried a victim in upstate New York in April 2009. They hope the release of this new information will lead to identifying any other victims.
"It's going to give you more than enough, that if this doesn't work out in my favor, you're going to keep playing connect the dots and I'm going to keep getting bounced around from one jurisdiction to the next," Keyes told investigators during one interview.
"He gave us a number of clues," said Special Agent Jolene Goeden of the FBI's Anchorage Division. "He talked openly about some of the homicides, but much of what he said only hinted at the things he had done. So we are trying to get information out there about what he did tell us. We are letting the public know the types of cars he rented, towns he visited, campgrounds he frequented. Anything that might spur someone's memory could help us."
The FBI has provided a spreadsheet of Keye's wanderings, with several stops in the Capital Region and surrounding areas:
7/9/1988 to 7/8/2001 – Albany, N.Y. – Served in U.S. Army, processed out of Albany
4/9/2009 – Tupper Lake, N.Y. – Kidnapping/murder of East Coast victim
4/10/2009 – Tupper Lake, N.Y. – Bank robbery
4/10/2009 – Colchester, Vt. – Hotel reservation (Hampton Inn)
10/15/2010 – Boston, Mass. – Flew by American Airlines to Boston, Mass. from Chicago, Illinois.
10/15/2010 to 10/25/2010 – Boston, Mass. – Vehicle rental (Enterprise)
10/25/2010 – Boston, Mass. – American Airlines flight from Boston to Chicago, Illinois.
Apart from 18-year-old Samantha Koenig, who was abducted from an Anchorage coffee stand where she worked, and Bill and Lorraine Currier, a middle-aged married couple who were murdered in 2011 in Vermont, Keyes discussed "seven or eight other victims," Goeden said.
According to the FBI, he left "murder kits" in various locations around the country that contained, among other items, weapons and cash. The caches provided further cover because Keyes didn't have to risk boarding an airplane with a weapon or using credit cards that could later connect him to a crime in a particular area.
"Although he chose many of his victims randomly, a tremendous amount of planning went into these crimes," Goeden said. "Keyes enjoyed what he did, and he had no remorse at all. He told us if he hadn't been caught he would have continued kidnapping and murdering people."
Anyone with information concerning Keyes is encouraged to contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI.
You can view clips from the FBI's interviews with Keyes HERE. You can view the FBI's full timeline of his movements across the country HERE.
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