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Detectives working to determine if Keyes connected to cold cases

By Anusha Roy, KXLY4 Reporter, anushar@kxly.com
Published On: Dec 05 2012 08:03:22 PM CST
Israel Keyes
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Spokane County Sheriff's deputies are combing through cold cases looking for any link to serial killer Israel Keyes.

Before killing himself in an Alaska jail, Keyes confessed to killing people across the country, including four people in Washington. He lived in Colville in the 1990's.

Two major crimes detectives will sit down and look through 45 cold case homicides and missing person files to see if any overlap with the time Keyes was in this area.

"We will look at the time frame when he was on our area, look at any unsolved cases in that same time frame and see if anything overlays with each other," Spokane County Deputy Craig Chamberlin said.

Detectives are looking at both cold case homicides and missing persons to see if there are any connections.

"Those missing people could very well turn into homicide victims," Chamberlin said.

As of now, the sheriff's office doesn't have a criminal link between Keyes and the Spokane area. Detectives just found out about the alleged Washington victim and are starting to work on a timeline of when Keyes may have been in the area.

Chamberlin said this is a team effort and that surrounding agencies will be working together and talking to each other as they look to see if any of their cases could be connected to Keyes.

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