SERIAL KILLER III: FBI’s updated timeline for Israel Keyes

  • Wednesday, August 14, 2013 12:01am
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Peninsula Daily News and The Associated Press

SEATTLE — The FBI in Anchorage has released a timeline on serial murderer Israel Keyes, who lived in Washington state from 2001 to March 2007 and who told investigators he disposed of several bodies in this state.

Keyes was stationed at Fort Lewis (now Joint Base Lewis-McChord) in the late 1990s and then lived in the Colville area in Stevens County in northeastern Washington and in Neah Bay, the Makah tribal reservation community at the tip of the North Olympic Peninsula, according to the FBI.

Driver’s license and other data show Keyes had addresses in Colville and Neah Bay.

A Neah Bay post-office box was in Keyes’ name as recently as 2008, according to the FBI.

The website for Keyes’ Anchorage construction company says he worked from 2001 to 2007 for the Makah Tribal Council in Neah Bay before moving to Alaska.

A Makah Tribal Council spokesman refused to comment, but Makah Police Chief Charles Irving said in an interview with the Seattle Weekly newspaper that Keyes had been employed as a maintenance worker for the council, handling repair jobs and construction chores.

Keyes didn’t stand out as anything other than a likable guy, Irving said.

He lived with a woman who bore their child, and he seemed to have kept out of trouble.

“He had no run-ins with the police,” said the chief, who noted that the Makah community was taken aback at news of Keyes’ murderous past.

“A lot of people were surprised because he was pretty well-liked here,” Irving said.

It doesn’t appear that Keyes had a felony record in Washington state, but he was cited for driving with a suspended license in Thurston County in January 2002.

The FBI’s timeline released Monday for Keyes in Washington state:

“July 2001: Keyes was discharged from the U.S. Army.

“July 2001 to October 2001: Keyes resided in Neah Bay, Washington and committed his first homicide.

“The identity and location of the victim are unknown.

“July 2001 to 2005: Keyes stated he murdered an unidentified couple in Washington.

“Keyes refused to tell law enforcement if the couple was married or what their relationship to one another was.

“It is unknown if the victims were residents of Washington, tourists, or residents he abducted from a nearby state and transported to Washington.

“Keyes alluded to the fact these victims were buried in a location near a valley.

“Keyes may have moved the victim’s car to place distance between where the vehicle was found and where the crime occurred.

“2005 to 2006 (summer/fall months): Keyes admitted that he committed two murders independent of one another.

“Keyes used his boat to dispose of the bodies of these victims.

“Keyes stated at least one of the bodies was disposed of in Crescent Lake in Washington where he used anchors to submerge the body.

“Keyes reported the body was submerged in more than 100 feet of water.

“Keyes may have moved the victim’s car to place distance between where the vehicle was found and where the crime occurred.

“The identity of these victims is unknown.

“March 1, 2007 to March 9, 2007: Keyes drove from Neah Bay, Washington, to Anchorage, Alaska, where he resided until is his arrest.

“October 31, 2008 to November 5, 2008: Keyes flew to Seattle following travel to multiple other states, including North Dakota and Arizona.

“On October 31st, Keyes rented a car (2008 PT Cruiser) in Seattle.

“On November 2, 2008, Keyes flew from Seattle to Boston. He returned to Seattle and flew back to Anchorage on November 5, 2008.

“Law enforcement believes Keyes may have engaged in criminal activity on this trip and is seeking any information about Keyes’ activities during this timeframe.

“Investigators believe Keyes did not know any of his victims prior to their abductions,” the FBI news release said.

“He described several remote locations that he frequented to look for victims — parks, campgrounds, trailheads, cemeteries, boating areas, etc.

“Keyes also admitted to frequenting prostitutes during his travels and it is unknown at this time if he met any of his victims in this manner.

“Keyes indicated the victims are male and female and range in age from late teens to the elderly.”

The FBI asks that anyone with information concerning Keyes or possible victims to contact the FBI at 800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324).

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