FBI thinks Keyes buried a body near Tupper Lake
TUPPER LAKE – Federal investigators anounced Wednesday that they suspect serial killer Israel Keyes was involved in the disappearance of a New Jersey woman and that he may have buried her near Tupper Lake around the time he robbed a bank there.
The FBI released a statement Wednesday afternoon saying Keyes had admitted that on April 9, 2009, he abducted a female victim from a state on the East Coast and transported her over multiple state lines into New York.
The next day, April 10, 2009, Keyes is believed to have robbed the Community Bank at Park Street and Hosley Avenue in Tupper Lake.
Investigators believe the victim of the April 9, 2009, homicide may be Debra Feldman, who lived in Hackensack, N.J., at the time of her disappearance. Feldman’s body has not been recovered.
After his arrest in 2012, Keyes was charged with the murder of 17-year-old Samantha Koenig, an Anchorage barista who was kidnapped from the coffee stand where she worked. Her dismembered body was pulled from a lake north of Anchorage two months after she went missing.
Keyes later confessed to the 2011 murders of a Vermont couple and indicated to authorities there were victims in a total of 10 states.
A stash of guns, which the FBI believes he may have used to kill the Vermont couple, was found near a reservoir near Parishville, in northern New York.
Investigators believe Keyes is responsible for 11 homicides and did not know any of his victims beforehand. He told investigators he killed for the thrill of it and usually planned his murders carefully.
He was found dead of an apparent suicide in an Alaska jail cell last December.
Keyes owned property in the town of Constable, in northern Franklin County, but the FBI doesn’t think Feldman is buried there.
Anyone with information about Feldman’s disappearance is asked to call 1-800-225-5324.