Almost every week after 38-year-old emergency room nurse Diana Alejandra Keel was reported lacking, authorities mentioned they’ve discovered her physique and her husband is needed for homicide.
On Friday, the Nash County Sheriff’s Workplace in North Carolina mentioned that they’d obtained a first-degree homicide warrant for Rexford Lynn Keel Jr., her 57-year-old husband.
Authorities mentioned that his whereabouts are presently unknown, although he’s believed to be driving a 1998 Chevrolet pickup truck, probably in a pewter or gold shade, with North Carolina license plate BBM-9232.
The replace within the case got here after the Nash County Sheriff’s Workplace confirmed on Wednesday night time feminine physique they discovered earlier within the week was recognized as Keel’s. Police mentioned Keel’s husband was the final particular person to see her alive.
Earlier on Wednesday, PEOPLE confirmed that authorities believed they could have discovered Keel’s physique and that her husband was an individual of curiosity.
Keel was reported lacking from her Nashville residence by her daughter on Saturday, March 9, based on a Nash County Sheriff’s Workplace press launch.
Her employer instructed authorities she had not proven up for work the last few days, and her automobile was nonetheless parked at her residence.
On Tuesday, Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone introduced native Division of Transportation employee had discovered a girl’s decomposing physique within the woods.
Though it remained unclear how the girl died, Stone mentioned, “There may be undoubtedly foul play concerned.”
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Stone mentioned Keel’s husband instructed investigators he final noticed his spouse Friday and appeared “stunned” when he heard physique was discovered.
He was questioned by investigators Tuesday however was not taken into custody at the moment, authorities mentioned.
Stone confirmed there had been a home subject between the couple a yr in the past, saying, “There had been considerations between the husband at one time and Mrs. Keel however there was nothing recently that has been reported on that.”
Keel’s husband had been married earlier than. On Jan. 1, 2006, authorities carried out a dying investigation into the dying of his first spouse, Elizabeth Edward Keel, based on a Nash County Sheriff’s Workplace press launch.
Elizabeth’s dying was dominated unintentional. She died of blunt trauma to the top after falling and hitting her brow on the house’s concrete steps. Her husband was residence on the time of the incident, which happened on the identical residence from which Diana Keel was reported lacking, a Nash County spokesperson instructed PEOPLE.
CNN reported on Friday that Nash County detectives are working with the FBI different native companies to analyze the deaths of each Keel and Elizabeth. The Nash County Sheriff’s Workplace didn’t instantly reply to PEOPLE’s request for remark.
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On Sunday, Keel’s daughter tweeted photos of her and her mom captioned, “that is insane… you see this occur to everybody else and also you don’t assume it’s ever going to occur to you.”
Keel’s 10-year-old son is presently together with his grandparents whereas authorities perform their investigation, Stone mentioned, calling the state of affairs “tragic.”
No arrests have been made within the case.
“I’ve heard no one that knew her had something damaging to say about this lady,” he mentioned Tuesday. “What a tragic occasion. Much more tragic we now have a 10-year-old with out a mother.”
Anybody with data on Rexford Lynn Keel Jr.’s whereabouts is urged to name the Nash County Sheriff’s Workplace at (252) 459-4121 or Twin County Crime Stoppers at (252) 977-1111.