Israel Keyes, a confessed serial killer, was found dead in his jail cell Sunday in Anchorage, US Attorney Karen Loeffler said in a news conference over the weekend.
Although details of Keyes’ death were not revealed, officials say that the confessed serial killer was alone in his cell and that foul play was not suspected.
Keyes was awaiting trial for the murder of 18-year-old Samantha Koenig, who disappeared in February. The confessed serial killer, who was eventually arrested in Texas, later admitted to abducting and murdering the girl and was to face trial in March.
Keyes also admitted to the murder of a Vermont couple, Bill and Lorraine Currier, in June of last year. Prosecutors claim that Keyes also confessed to killing five other people, but the names of the victims were never uncovered.
“He did tell us that he had killed other people and that there were bodies of up to four other people in Washington state, as well as a body disposed of in New York state,” Assistant US Attorney Kevin Feldis said after the press conference, according to Reuters.
FBI Special Agent Mary Rook told NBC station KTUU that Keyes was considered to be a serial killer by the FBI and that most of the crimes happened in different states.
“We’ve developed information that he was responsible for multiple additional victims. To our knowledge there are no other victims here in Alaska. They’re all in the Lower 48,” Rook told the station. “We do know he traveled extensively and he didn’t always stay where he landed. He would land in one airport, rent a car and drive hundreds of miles,”