News and Press Releases

For Immediate Release

December 2, 2012

Burlington, VT – The United States Attorney's Office for the District of Vermont, along with the Chittenden County State's Attorney, announced today that Israel Keyes of Anchorage, Alaska, committed suicide this morning while in custody in Alaska.  Keyes was detained on charges relating to the murder of Samantha Koenig, formerly of Anchorage, as alleged in an indictment filed in federal court in the District of Alaska.

         Today, the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Alaska, announced that as part of the investigation resulting from the Koenig murder, Israel Keyes confessed to the murders of William and Lorraine Currier of Essex Junction, Vermont.  Since April of 2012, federal, state and local authorities from Vermont have been working with Alaska authorities in investigating the Currier murders.  Although searches in Essex and Coventry, Vermont were unable to locate the Curriers' remains, investigators obtained enough details to confirm that Keyes did murder the Curriers. 

         Keyes also claimed to investigators that he had committed multiple other murders throughout the country.   Efforts to investigate those murders have been ongoing and will continue.   Based on discussions between Keyes and investigators in Alaska, Alaska authorities requested that Vermont authorities not publicly disclose information linking Keyes to the Curriers' murders in an effort to further the investigations of other murders.  Vermont authorities agreed with this request as the public was not at risk due to Keyes' incarceration and in the interest of identifying the victims of unsolved murders.  The ongoing investigation has not revealed evidence of Keyes committing other murders in Vermont.                     

          A press conference relating to the Keyes suicide and the Currier murders will occur at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow at the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Vermont.

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