The only suspect in the Samantha Koenig disappearance is in custody, and police in Anchorage have acknowledged that Israel Keyes is their only person of interest as well. But just who is this man and why is he believed to have abducted the 18-year-old barista? Upon some close observation, Israel Keyes displays the profile of someone who may have the potential to become a serial predatorÂ—if he isn't one already.
Israel Keyes, the man believed to have abducted Samantha Koenig, has lived in Anchorage for only five years. Before that he is believed to have lived in the state of Washington and may have ties to New York state. This week he was arrested in Lufkin, Texas. This man is a traveling man who owns a construction company which he is the only employee. He is described by his neighbors as someone who "keeps to himself" and is "low profile" and works a lot. He maintains a life with his girlfriend, Kimberly Anderson, and a young child who is either both of theirs or one of theirs.
He is described as "doing beautiful work," is dedicated to his job, and always seems to be on the go. People who have worked with him say he seems as though he's never had a bad day. His business is construction related. He's a craftsman who does actually quite attractive work, and he also happens to pour and form foundations.
He doesn't have an impressive criminal record, all traffic related. This is someone who keeps off of police radar either by being inconspicuous or simply just being good at keeping his head down.
Could Israel Keyes be a serial offender, or is Samantha Koenig his only alleged victim?
Judging by the brief profile of this character, it's quite possible that Samantha isn't the only girl he may have harmed in some way. It's also possible that Samantha could have been his first victim. Nonetheless, the FBI may have the same thought as they are wanting anyone who has ever been acquainted with him to come forward with any information they can give.
With his activity spanning across the country, it would be smart to do a search of any missing persons or unsolved homicides near where he may have resided. Meanwhile, the search for the missing 18-year-old barista continues, but the outlook seems grim. Knowing that this man specialized in pouring cement foundations, the theories of where she could be are just gruesome.
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