PORTLAND, Ore. — FBI agents in Oregon are searching for a woman who they say could possibly be a serial killer’s first victim and are now asking for information.
Authorities say accused serial killer Israel Keyes is tied to multiple murders, including the death of a barista in Alaska, at least four deaths in Washington state, and at least one in New York state and Vermont. Keyes committed suicide while in jail this past weekend as he awaited trial for the murder of that barista.
Recently, Keyes told FBI agents in Alaska that he raped, but did not kill, his first victim on the Deschutes near Maupin, Oregon. There are no police reports in Oregon that have fit this scenario, leading authorities to believe the victim may never have reported it.
Keyes told FBI agents that he committed the assault sometime between 1996 and 1998. He said the girl was between 14 – 18 years old. Keyes reportedly told investigators that the victim was with friends and Keyes assaulted her after separating her from the group. Agents believe if Keyes was being accurate about the time period and the girl’s age, she would now be in her late 20’s – early 30’s. She may have lived in the area or simply been visiting the area on vacation.
The FBI is working with local law enforcement agencies in Oregon and across the country in an attempt to identify other unsolved cases that may involve Keyes. Anyone who has information about the rape case is asked to call the FBI in Portland at (503) 224-4181, in Bend at (541) 389-1202 or the national hotline at 1-800-CALL FBI.