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FBI Tracking Israel Keyes' Movements in Texas Before Arrest

August 14, 2013

A suspected serial killer spent time in Houston and other Texas towns days before his arrest and his claim of a country-crossing killing spree, officials said.

Israel Keyes, 34, told police he killed eight people, but authorities believe he may have committed as many as 11 homicides. He committed suicide while awaiting trial in the death 18-year-old Samantha Koenig in Anchorage, Alaska, in February 2012.

Officials believe he may have killed a person in Texas or a nearby state but Keyes denied it, according to the FBI. There is no particular case in Texas he could be linked to, officials said, but he traveled throughout the area days after Koenig was kidnapped. Her dismembered body was found in a frozen lake north of Anchorage three weeks after his arrest in Texas.

The FBI released a timeline of his movements in the state with the hope that people may remember seeing him and will help officials piece together more of his activities in the state.

"We're asking you to help put the pieces of this puzzle together," said Shauna Dunlap, an FBI spokeswoman. "When he killed himself in jail he left a trail of unanswered questions."

In the days before his arrest on March 13 in Lufkin for using Koenig's ATM card, Keyes was in Houston, Humble, Shepherd, Dallas/Fort Worth and Glen Rose.

FBI officials said his travels in the area began Feb. 12, when he rented a blue Kia Soul from a rental agency in Houston. Rental records show he logged 2,847 miles on the car. He used ATMs at banks in Shepherd and Humble and they believe his rental car got stuck in the mud in a rural area near Cleburne. They said he spent a lot of his time in Texas in the Dallas area, where he had relatives. In Glen Rose, he visited a cemetery. He set a house on fire in Aledo and robbed bank in Azel.

When he was arrested, he had the phone numbers of three Houston prostitutes on him.

Officials said Keyes was 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighed 190 pounds. Anyone who saw him or had contact with him is urged to call the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI.

People can see additional information and photographs about the case as well as Keyes' recorded confessions at http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2013/august/new-information-released-in-serial-k iller-case.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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