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Israel Keyes Possibly Connected to Vermont Missing Couple Case

July 20, 2012|by Todd Walker | Channel 2 News Reporter

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Israel Keyes, the man charged with the disappearance and death of Anchorage barista, 18-year-old Samantha Koenig, may now be suspected the 2011 murder of a couple in Burlington, VT.

In a press conference, Friday, in Vermont US attorneys said the disappearance of Bill and Lorraine Currier on June 8, 2011 is now considered a murder.

Tristram Coffin, US Attorney in Vermont, said Friday the person suspected in their murder “is in custody in another state and will remain in custody. No charges have yet been brought against this person for the Curriers’ murders, but charges are anticipated.”

WCAX-TV in Burlington, VT is reporting that suspect is 34-year-old Israel Keyes. KTUU has not been able to independently confirm the identity of the suspect in the Vermont case.

WCAX reports while Keyes was being questioned in Anchorage about Koenig’s disappearance, he told authorities where they could find the bodies of the Curriers.

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Investigators were lead to a property in Essex, VT, which had since been demolished. Construction debris from that site was reportedly taken to a landfill in Vermont. Dozens of investigators dug through the landfill for weeks before recently calling off their search without recovering any remains.

According to WCAX, Keyes was in Vermont at the time of their murders, even checking into a hotel the day before the couple disappeared, and checking out the day after.

KTUU will be following this story throughout the day. Check back to KTUU.com for more updates and tune into Channel 2 News for a full report.

Contact Todd Walker at twalker@ktuu.com
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