Barista murder suspect Keyes linked to Vermont killings

Israel Keyes, the man accused in the Anchorage kidnapping and murder of coffee-hut barista Samantha Koenig, is the suspect in the June 2011 abduction and murder of an Essex, Vt., couple, according to WCAX News in Burlington. State and federal prosecutors, at a press conference this morning in Burlington, did not name Keyes as the suspect, but WCAX says it has confirmed that "Keyes was in Essex at the exact time of the murders" and later told investigators in the Koenig case where to find the Vermont couple's bodies.

"The investigation has developed significant information that William and Lorraine Currier were abducted from their home and murdered shortly thereafter in June 2011. The person believed to have committed the murders 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," said Tristram Coffin, the U.S. Attorney for Vermont.

"Their murders were a random act of violence that occurred in our community. There is nothing the Curriers did in their personal lives that contributed to their deaths," Chittenden County Prosecutor T.J. Donovan said.

Frank Russo, an assistant U.S. attorney prosecuting Keyes for Koenig's death, would not comment to ADN today on reports Keyes was connected to the Vermont killings.

"The only thing I can tell you is he’s obviously charged with the Koenig matter, and that’s the only thing I can comment on, the only thing in the public record," Russo said.

Read more at WCAX and at the Burlington Free Press, which offers more detail from today's press conference but does not name Keyes as the suspect.

Read Anchorage Daily News coverage of the Koenig case here.