First crime in late 1990s

by: Submitted photo - Israel Keyes

Accused serial killer Israel Keyes may have committed his first crime, a rape, in Maupin, in the late 1990s. Police are hoping the victim will come forward.
   Keyes committed suicide while in jail last week, but before his death, told FBI agents in Alaska that he raped -- but did not kill -- his first victim in Oregon sometime between 1996 and 1998. He said the girl was 14 to 18 years old, and the assault occurred on the Deschutes River near Maupin.
   FBI agents in Oregon received information about the crime from the FBI's Anchorage Division. At the time of his death, he was awaiting trial for the murder of a barista, Samantha Koenig, last February in Anchorage.
   Keyes told the FBI that the victim was with friends, but he was able to discreetly separate her from the friends. To date, authorities have not been able to find any relevant police reports that would fit this scenario, and it is possible that the victim never reported it.
   If Keyes' account was accurate, the victim would now be in her late 20s to early 30s. She may have lived in the area or simply been visiting the area on vacation.
   Keyes told investigators that he oftentimes traveled great distances and liked to find his victims along hiking trails, at campgrounds and in other remote areas.
   He reportedly told investigators that he murdered multiple people, including at least four in Washington state. He is also believed to have robbed banks as he traveled across the country, but the FBI has not yet identified any robberies in Oregon for which he may have been responsible.
   The FBI is working with local law enforcement agencies in Oregon and across the country in an attempt to identify other unsolved cases that involve missing people, murders, rapes and bank robberies.
   Anyone who has information about the rape case is asked to call the FBI in Portland at 503-224-4181, in Bend at 541-389-1202 or the national hotline at 1-800-CALL FBI.
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