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Federal authorities left to unravel unsolved murders

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

When he took his life, Israel Keyes was facing trial in federal court in Anchorage for the kidnap and murder of 18 year-old Samantha Koenig. The coffee house worker vanished in February. Keyes led police to where he hid her body. He was facing the possibility of the death penalty in that case.

While police were talking to Keyes about the Koenig case, he confessed to multiple other killings over the last several years, including the Curriers. Police said he killed four people in Washington state, where he had lived while working in construction.

Keyes also told investigators he killed someone in New York state. He owns property near Malone, in the community of Constable. Authorities have searched the property and said nothing of significance was found. Investigators said they do not have identities for all of the victims, but their investigations continue.

Police said Keyes had been following coverage of the Currier investigation in the media before and after he was arrested in the Koenig case. He even went back to the Currier's home on his way back through Vermont days after their deaths, taking note of the crime scene tape at the home.

Police do not believe Keyes is tied to any other crimes in Vermont. They believe his next victim was Samantha Koenig, eight months later in Alaska.

Click here for the FBI request for public assistance on the travels of Israel Keyes.

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