Person of Interest in Koenig Abduction Back in Anchorage
U.S. Marshals return Israel Keyes to Alaska
UPDATE, 11:59 a.m. Tuesday: According to Anchorage police, the subject in the video of Samantha Koenig's abduction is not identifiable on the tape.
UPDATE, 10 a.m. Tuesday: Israel Keyes is scheduled to be arraigned in Federal Court at 3 p.m. on Tuesday.
ANCHORAGE - The man Anchorage Police are calling a person of interest in the kidnapping of Samantha Koenig is back in Alaska.
U.S. Marshals brought Israel Keyes back to town Monday, and even though he sits in an Anchorage jail, investigators are still looking for help to solve the case.
Right now Keyes is only being charged for access device fraud as he awaits his arraignment in federal court; in the meantime police want to know everything they can about him and his whereabouts while he lived in Anchorage.
“The marshals have notified the court that Mr. Keyes is now in custody in the district in Alaska,” said Kevin Feldis, the chief of the criminal division for U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Israel Keyes is accused of stealing more than $1,000 from February 28 through March 13 using a Credit Union One Visa debit card that was issued to another person.
Meanwhile, police are hoping photos of his white truck will jog the memory of someone in the community and, they say, they're hoping that will lead to Koenig's whereabouts.
“The truck photos are photos that are actually taken by the Anchorage Police Department,” said spokesman Lt. Dave Parker. “Those photos are of the truck that we believe that Mr. Keyes was driving when he was here in Anchorage.” The pictures are now being released after detectives working with the FBI decided they needed more details about Keyes.
“What we're looking for is information from people, who that truck might jog their memory and might remember seeing that truck somewhere, it may or may not have had the rack on it and the work boxes on it,” said Parker.
Keyes is not a suspect in Koenig's abduction, but a person of interest and authorities say that distinction could keep him sitting in jail a bit longer. “As with in any case we look at all those factors, so the fact that he was arrested in connection with the investigation of the disappearance of Samantha Koenig, that could come into play for the courts consideration,” said Feldis.
Police say the goal is, and always has been, to bring Samantha home. Some may ask why APD has released photos when they haven't before. Lieutenant Parker says it’s because Israel Keyes’ truck photos are not evidence that could taint a potential jury.
The FBI told CBS 11 News Monday afternoon that they will be releasing more information about Keyes and the investigation Tuesday. But in the meantime they still want anyone who knows or has seen Israel Keyes here in Anchorage to call the FBI at 1-800-225-5324.