FBI investigating serial killer's time in Johnson County

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Confessed serial killer Israel Keyes, who committed suicide last month in an Alaska jail cell, reportedly visited Johnson County in February 2012, and the FBI wants to know if anyone remembers seeing him.

Keyes confessed to killing at least eight people across the country after he was arrested in the slaying of Samantha Koenig, 18, of Anchorage, Alaska, in February. He was arrested in Lufkin in March and extradited to Alaska.

Keyes told investigators that he traveled through Cleburne, Azle and Aledo in February.

According to the FBI, Keyes may have visited the Post Oak Cemetery in the Glen Rose area between Feb. 12 and Feb. 16. During that time, he said, his blue rental 2011 Kia Soul got stuck in a "muddy, rural area," possibly near Cleburne.

Johnson County Sheriff Bob Alford said Thursday that deputies have put out posters about Keyes in Godley and Cresson.

But the only unsolved homicide roughly near the time Keyes said he was in Texas was of a Godley couple, whom investigators believe were shot to death in January. Duane Arland Benson, 62, and Breanda Scheets Benson, 61, were found Feb. 1 at a residence in the 9900 block of County Road 915 in the Godley area.

Investigators have no evidence linking their deaths to Keyes, Alford said. The case is still open.

Anyone with information about Keyes is asked to call the FBI at 800-CALL- FBI.

This contains material from The Associated Press and Star-Telegram archives

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684

Twitter: @Bill_MillerST

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