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FBI seizes property in missing AK barista case

Posted: April 1, 2012 - 12:07am

ANCHORAGE — Federal agents seized on Friday a shed from the Turnagain home of the suspect linked to the the case of a missing Alaska barista.

Agents moved in Friday night on Israel Keyes’ property, The Anchorage Daily News reported Saturday.

Authorities have said Keyes is linked to the abduction of Samantha Koenig but have not elaborated how he is connected.

Keyes, 34, is a self-employed carpenter who was arrested in Texas for ATM fraud March 13 and caught with a stolen debit card and rolls of money. He pleaded not guilty Tuesday.

Neighbors said about 10 p.m. a flatbed truck pulled in front of the house. Men unloaded a forklift from the back of the truck and went to work shoveling snow off what looked to be a roughly 6-foot by 8-foot metal shed with green trim.

Later a forklift operator picked up the shed and backed slowly out of the short driveway while four men held the shed steady. At one point, a woman inside the house where police say Keyes lived poked her head out to quiet a barking dog. Lights were on in the blue house and blinds covered all its windows.

FBI spokesman Eric Gonzalez would not say if the shed was related to either the investigation of Keyes’ alleged debit card fraud or the investigation of Koenig’s disappearance.

“We’re still investigating,” Gonzalez said.

Police searched Keyes’ home on Spurr Lane in Turnagain the day he was arrested.

Koenig was abducted two months ago near her work. A surveillance camera showed her being led away by a man.

Keyes worked in Washington from 1995 to 1997, served in the Army for three years, and from 2001 to 2007 worked for the Makah Tribal Council in Neah Bay, Wash. He started his Alaska business in 2007.

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