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FBI: Missing Hackensack woman may have been victim of serial killer

Photo Credit: DOUGLAS HABER / Head shots: NJ State Police
Photo Credit: DOUGLAS HABER / Head shots: NJ State Police

A Hackensack woman who disappeared in 2009 may have been slain by a notorious serial killer who took his own life in an Alaskan jail cell last year after confessing to several murders and kidnappings, the FBI said this afternoon.

Federal agents said they have no signs that Debra Feldman, who was 49 when she was last seen, may still be alive.

Tupper Lake, NY, a 4½-hour drive from Hackensack, NJ

For one thing, they said, the 5-foot-1-inch, 112-pound blonde’s bank accounts haven’t been used.

However, the FBI said today that former Army soldier Israel Keyes confessed to abducting a woman “on the East Coast” on April 9, 2009 — the day that Feldman disappeared — and taking her into New York.

“Keyes murdered the victim and buried her in upstate New York near the Tupper Lake area,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Aaron T. Ford said in a statement.

The FBI previously diclosed that Keyes flew from Anchorage to Seattle, WA on April 1, 2009. On April 7, the bureau said, he flew to Manchester, NH, rented a vehicle and put 1,047 miles on it.

He then checked into a hotel in Essex, VT for a two-night stay — a three-hour drive from Tupper Lake.

The bureau is asking that anyone who knew Feldman or possibly has information about her disappearance to contact Hackensack police at (201) 646-7777 or the FBI at (800)-CALL-FBI.

Keyes was arrested in March 2012 for the murder of an 18-year-old Alaskan girl. He killed himself in his cell last December.

He then confessed to dozens of crimes dating back more than 15 years, including the murders of a dozen or so people, that he said he committed while working as a traveling contractor.

Tupper Lake photo: DOUGLAS HABER / Head shots: NJ State Police

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