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August 26, 2013

Killer blamed for Annetta South arson

Keyes canvassed Aledo for victims, cash

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Keyes arrested

Keyes was arrested March 13, 2012, about a month after the fire, in connection with the abduction and slaying of 18-year-old Alaskan barista Samantha Koenig, on Feb. 1, 2012.  

 After demanding a ransom for her return later in February, he was tracked down in Lufkin when he used a stolen

debit card, authorities say.

 Following his arrest, Keyes led the FBI to Koenig’s body, located by a forensic dive team in a lake north of Anchorage.

 Keyes also admitted to killing others, including Bill and Lorraine Currier, a Vermont couple in their 50s, in June 2011, according to interviews published by the FBI. Their bodies have not been located.

 In addition to the three known murder victims, Keyes discussed seven or eight others, according to Special Agent Jolene Goeden of the FBI’s Anchorage Division.

When Keyes was found dead in his jail cell Dec. 2, he left investigators with many unanswered questions.

Help from public

Officials hope to identify Keyes’ other victims and released additional information recently, asking the public for assistance.

“He gave us a number of clues,” Goeden said. “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.”

A former construction worker and Army veteran, Keyes avoided suspicion meticulously, traveling long distances from home and stashing items in rural areas to help with the abductions and killings, according to the FBI.

He reportedly left caches across the U.S. that contained items such as weapons, cash from bank robberies — including the Azle robbery — duct tape, zip ties, Drano and a shovel.

“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 asked to call the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI.

More information on Keyes can be found online at www.fbi.gov.

Video

A video of the Annetta South fire can be found online on YouTube at http://youtu.be/dbnAJ1KuYBQ.

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