FBI, APD Search Keyes’ Residence Again

Israel Keyes

Authorities spent Tuesday searching the former residence of Israel Keyes in West Anchorage. Keyes is accused of kidnapping and killing an Anchorage Barista earlier this year.

Under a federal search warrant, the FBI along with the Anchorage Police Department searched the former home of Israel Keyes. 34-year-old Keyes was arrested and jailed for allegedly abducting and killing 18-year-old Samantha Koenig in February. Keyes was taken into custody on March 13 in Lufkin, Texas. He was arraigned on a federal indictment on March 27 in federal court in Anchorage. During a previous search of his residence on March 30, the FBI removed a shed to FBI headquarters. Koenig’s body was recovered from Matanuska Lake on April 2. A Vermont TV station reported in July, citing anonymous sources, that Keyes was a suspect in the murder of an Essex couple in 2011. Federal Prosecutors declined to comment on the current search because the federal search warrant is under seal. The trial date for Keyes is set for March 11, 2013 in Anchorage federal district court.

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Daysha Eaton is the News Director at KBBI in Homer. Daysha Eaton holds a B.A. from Evergreen State College, and a M.A. from the University of Southern California. Daysha got her start in radio at Seattle public radio stations, KPLU and KUOW. Before coming to KBBI, she was the News Director at KYUK in Bethel. She has also worked as the Southcentral Reporter for KSKA in Anchorage. Daysha's work has appeared on NPR's "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered", PRI's "The World" and "National Native News". She's happy to take assignments, and to get news tips, which are best sent via email. Daysha became a journalist because she believes in the power of storytelling. Stories connect us and they help us make sense of our world. They shed light on injustice and they comfort us in troubled times. She got into public broadcasting because it seems to fulfill the intention of the 4th Estate and to most effectively apply the freedom of the press granted to us through the Constitution. She feels that public radio has a special way of moving people emotionally through sound, taking them to remote places, introducing them to people they would not otherwise meet and compelling them to think about issues they might ordinarily overlook.