The FBI is usually the one asking questions from the public in their search for serial killers, but this time the federal law enforcement agency is also providing some answers on a serial killer who has committed suicide in an Alaskan jail. In a New Year's Day appeal for additional information about deceased killer Israel Keyes, the Federal Bureau of Investigations shared that as many as 100 people have offered up information thus far, according to the Anchorage Daily News.
But the information has not resulted in police getting any closer to closing unsolved cases or finding any dead bodies. And that's where the general public can help, even if they don't realize that they can.
Serial killer Israel Keyes told police a lot of information about his crimes before he died, but police are still dependent upon tips and information from those who may have encountered him, even if for just a few minutes, in passing, in order to piece together where he traveled to, and when.
What federal agents know thus far is that between the years of 2001 to 2012 the serial killer is believed to have murdered 11 people, burglarized 20 to 30 homes and robbed several banks despite being a self-employed carpenter who lived from 2001 to 2007 in Washington's Olympic Peninsula.
A serial killer typically isn't also a bank robber or a home burglar, but in the case of Keyes, his life of crime had to expand in order to support him during his serial killing efforts. And it is a wonder that he was not caught for those financial theft crimes long before he was for killing Samantha Koenig, his last known victim. But he wasn't, unfortunately.
And because there could be even more victims lying in unknown graves of this now-dead killer, the FBI has assigned two agents from their Seattle office to keep investigating any tips or leads that emerge. And those agents need your help, and so do families of the potential victims still remaining to be found.
You did not have to see Keyes do anything wrong or even speak to him in order for the information to be important to them. That's because they are looking for any information that could help them place him at a certain town, city or state on a given date, as this could help them determine if missing people from that area might have been his victim.
If you ever encountered or interacted with serial killer Israel Keys in the United States or Alaska, please get in contact with the FBI Seattle, Washington Field Office at (206) 622-0460. You can also reach them by email, if you would prefer that type of communication. Email them at Seattle.firstname.lastname@example.org.
This serial killer is already dead, so reporting information to the FBI about him now will not lead to any danger to you or your family. But it could bring a great deal of peace and closure to the family of any victims found as a result of your disclosure. And the only thing worse than losing a loved one due to murder is never finding that family member's body--or knowing who was their killer. So please don't sit on any information you have about Israel Keyes.
National Criminal Profiles Examiner Radell Smith has a degree in criminal justice and behavioral forensics. She also has successful experience in profiling unsolved homicide cases.