In an interview today with NCPR, the FBI confirmed that that serial killer Israel Keyes claimed to have deposited one of his murder victims in the North Country. “It is in northern New York,” said Alaska-based FBI special agent Jolene Goeden.
Keyes made the statement while incarcerated in Anchorage, Alaska, before taking his own life last Sunday.
It is believed that Keyes murdered at least five people nationwide, including two victims in Vermont.
However, Goeden said that it was unclear where exactly the body might be located in the North Country.
“We don’t have anything specific about where that victim is buried. We have general information, but it isn’t specific enough that we’re able to recover that victim.”
FBI officials also say that Keyes was involved in a bank robbery in Tupper Lake.
Keyes owned property in Constable in northern Franklin County which was investigated by New York-based FBI officials “about a month or so ago,” Goeden said.
“A number of items were seized from that location but there’s no indication based on what Mr. Keyes told us as well as what was uncovered in the search that there is a victim buried on that property,” she added.
According to FBI officials, Keyes also threw away two of his murder weapons in a lake near Parishville, while passing through the North Country region.
A nation-wide investigation is now underway to piece together details of Keyes’ crime spree, a probe that includes his extensive activities in the North Country.
“I think we still have a lot of work ahead of us,” Goeden said. “This case is a little different from other serial killer cases, where typically you would find a number of victims and try to connect them back to a person. In this case, we have the person and we’re trying to find the victims.”
NCPR will have more on this story tomorrow morning during Morning Edition and the 8 O’clock Hour.