What was serial killer doing while in North Texas?

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by MATT GOODMAN and MONIKA DIAZ / WFAA

WFAA

Posted on January 17, 2013 at 8:59 AM

DALLAS -- While supposed serial killer Israel Keyes did kill himself in his Anchorage jail cell last month, the FBI still needs the public’s help to build a narrative of his crimes. 

Investigators believe Keyes killed at least eight people across the U.S., zig-zagging the country kidnapping victims, robbing them and killing some. TIME Magazine reported in December that investigators didn’t know about the string of crimes until Keyes told them. 

His spree lasted from 2001 until February 2012. 

As TIME writer Madison Gray detailed, Keyes kidnapped 18-year-old Samantha Koenig from a coffee shop in Anchorage on February 1 of last year. The FBI says he took her debit card and sent out a flurry of text messages with her phone so acquaintances wouldn’t think she was missing. He got her PIN number. The next day, he killed her. 

Keyes flew to Houston and back to Anchorage, eventually finagling the deposit of ransom money into Koenig’s account, which he withdrew from banks in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas, as TIME reported. 

In March of last year, a Lufkin highway patrolman spotted Keyes driving his Ford Focus and pulled it over, recognizing it from a security video. Keyes was arrested and extradited. He confessed –– then confessed to at least eight murders. There may be more: Staring down at a possible death sentence, Keyes cut his wrists and hanged himself in his jail cell. 

FBI investigators have pieced together Keyes’ travels since. And between February 12 and February 16, Special Agent Diego Rodriguez says he was in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. 

He told police that he was in Azle, Aledo and Cleburne. And, at some point, his car got stuck in a “muddy, rural area.” Rodriguez wants to speak to anyone who may have helped Keyes with his car.

Johnson County Sheriff's deputies are also helping the FBI. They will be posting flyers Thursday at gas stations and restaurants in Godley and Cresson. Johnson County is also hoping new leads might help them solve a murder that happened in their jurisdiction last February. 

"You start wondering if they are tied to it, in any way or not," said Lt. Tim Jones from the Johnson County Sheriff's Department. "If they are to give closure to the family or not, eliminate them so we keep looking for the right person,"

During that same time period, Keyes may have also visited the Post Oak Cemetery in Glen Rose. If you saw a blue 2011 Kia Soul with a TX license plate of CN8-M857, you’re asked to call 1.800.CALL.FBI. 

The Johnson County Sheriff's Department is also seeking information, (817) 556-6058. 

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