POLICE BRIEFS - 8/15/13
Feds seek info on serial killer
The FBI is asking for more information about an alleged serial killer who police believe is responsible for at least 11 murders nationwide and who used Eagle River as a potential hunting ground.
On Monday, Aug. 12, the bureau released an updated timeline detailing the travels of the late Israel Keyes, who authorities say admitted to killing Anchorage barista Samantha Koenig in February 2012. Keyes committed suicide in December 2012 while awaiting trial for Koenig’s murder. While in police custody, Keyes allegedly admitted to several other murders, including the deaths of a Vermont couple in 2011.
The FBI believes that in May of 2011, Keyes hid a shovel and Drano near the North Fork Eagle River trailhead off Eagle River Road with the intention of abducting someone and disposing of their body. However, they say Keyes denied taking anyone from that location.
Keyes is believed to have traveled extensively in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Anyone with any information about the alleged serial killer is asked to call the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI.
Pair arrested after crashing JBER fence
Two people have been charged in connection with an Aug. 7 police chase that ended when the driver of a stolen pick-up crashed through a fence on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
According to police, Matthew Isaac Stough, 28, was charged with 10 counts, including vehicle theft, criminal mischief and resisting arrest. Strough’s passenger in the incident, Sarah Urdahl of Ninilchik, hwas been charged with criminal mischief.
The chase began Thursday, Aug. 7 when police spotted a stolen black pickup truck in East Anchorage. After police attempted to stop the driver, Isaac allegedly sped off, leading police on a high-speed chase.
After crashing through the fence, police say Strough fled on foot, but was apprehended a short time later.