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December 9, 2012

Israel Keyes wasn't seen in Constable

CONSTABLE — A quiet border town in northernmost New York is unsettled somewhat by dubious association.

Serial killer Israel Keyes bought a house at 511 Poplar St. on 10 acres here in 1997. 

He apparently never actually lived there.

Only 3 miles from the Canadian border, the property is surrounded by woods, according to Mike Shea, Constable town supervisor. 

“It’s dirt road by that house. We paved it this summer, but the pavement ends just before there.”

Neighbors near the place live mostly in mobile homes.

“There’s a lot of woods between that place and the next house south of it. Even if he was there, no one would have seen anything. I’m just thankful that nothing happened here,” Shea added.


The house sits on 9.9 acres, the supervisor said.

“Years ago, there used to be a barn there, too. Now it’s just a house.”

The taxes have been paid.

“’Course, if he was robbing banks, that’s probably how he paid for it. This guy was just all over the country,” Shea said.

”Hard to believe.”

Keyes admitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation that he robbed the Community Bank in Tupper Lake in April 2009.

According to the Burlington Free Press, Keyes had planned to rob a bank in Johnson, Vt., when he was in that state in 2011.

That plan was never completed.


The stealth with which Keyes, 34, moved from one state to another without notice has left many here unnerved.

“I kind of wish now he hadn’t bought anything here,” Constable’s supervisor said.

Paul Holstein, FBI media coordinator in Albany, said agents searched Keyes’s house and grounds on Oct. 23 and 24.

“Nothing of significance was located,” he said in a statement to the Press-Republican.

Keyes was arrested in Texas last March in connection with the death of a young woman abducted and killed in Anchorage, Alaska.

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