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FBI links serial killer Keyes to missing New Jersey woman

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Federal Bureau of Investigation agents across the country are working to link Israel Keyes, the deceased serial killer with a house and property in the Franklin County community of Constable, to open cases since his apparent suicide last December.

The case re-entered the public eye this week as investigators may have connected Keyes to a New Jersey missing person case from 2009. Before his death, Keyes admitted to investigators that he abducted a female on April 9, 2009, from “a state on the East Coast” and transported her over multiple state lines into New York.

“Keyes murdered the victim and buried her in upstate New York near the Tupper Lake area. Investigators do not believe this victim is buried on the property Keyes owns in Constable, New York,” FBI Newark Special Agent Barbara Woodruff said in a statement.

Debra Feldman, 49, was last seen at her home in Hackensack, N.J., on April 8, 2009. According to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, none of her then-existing bank accounts have since been used. Her body was never recovered.

Keyes’s 10-acre piece of land on Poplar Street in Constable was the subject of an intense two-day search in October 2012 that presumably didn’t turn up anything. FBI media representative Paul Holstein said at the time that the agency had no comment on if agents were there, what they were looking for or if they found anything.

The property, purchased by Keyes’s father in 1997 for $15,000 in his son’s name, has been abandoned for some time, although it was previously reported that a Bonita Patnode of Constable recalled an Amish family living in the house during the summer of 2008 or 2009. She said they stayed a couple of months, but she never knew them, then they suddenly left and she never saw them again.

Keyes was arrested in March 2012 in Texas, then extradited to Alaska and subsequently charged with the Feb. 1, 2012, murder of 18-year-old Samantha Koenig, who worked as a barista in Anchorage at the time of her death. An April 17 federal indictment alleges that Keyes kidnapped and killed Ms. Koenig, stole her debit card and extorted ransom money from her family.

Keyes was never formally convicted of the crime, which was dismissed by the U.S. District Court of Alaska on Nov. 1, presumably due to his suicide last December.

During his incarceration, Keyes gradually began confessing that he had killed others, including Bill and Lorraine Currier of Essex, Vt., in 2011.

Keyes also admitted to an April 13, 2009, robbery of the Community Bank on Holsey Avenue in Tupper Lake. According to an August FBI press release, after the bank robbery, Keyes stated he parked in a nearby campground outside of the area for several hours to wait for the emergency response vehicles to pass.

Prior to the murder of Bill and Lorraine Currier in Vermont, Keyes told investigators his victims’ disappearances received little if any media coverage. Investigators believe Keyes is responsible for 11 homicides across the country, while he traveled extensively as a general contractor. He also admitted to burglarizing 20 to 30 homes through the U.S. and talked about committing arson as a means to cover up a homicide.

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