Carlick’s death not linked to serial killer, say police

The RCMP says an Alaskan serial killer who committed suicide last year was not responsible for the death of Whitehorse teenager Angel Carlick.

The RCMP says an Alaskan serial killer who committed suicide last year was not responsible for the death of Whitehorse teenager Angel Carlick.

Last month, Anchorage FBI issued a public bulletin asking for information about serial killer Israel Keyes.

Keyes, 34, committed suicide last year while being held by police in Alaska. At the time he had been charged with the murder of a young woman and been linked to several other homicides in the United States between 2001 and 2012.

While Keyes admitted to 11 murders, he provided very few specific details to police before he died. Investigators issued the public appeal hoping to retrace Keyes’s steps in the years leading up to his capture.

The case received Canadian attention after it was revealed the killer spent time driving through the Yukon in early March 2007, on his way to Alaska.

Carlick, 19, was reported missing in late May 2007. Her body was found in November of that year in a forested area north of the Pilot Mountain subdivision.

In the years since she died, police have made various public appeals looking for any new information in the case.

In a statement Friday, Yukon RCMP said they have been in contact with the FBI, specifically regarding the whereabouts of Keyes at the time of Carlick’s disappearance.

“It has been determined that Israel Keyes was in the Anchorage area during the time period surrounding Ms. Carlick’s disappearance,” the police said.

“As such, this particular investigational avenue has been closed.”

According to the FBI’s timeline, Keyes travelled in the Canadian North from March 1 to 9, 2007, making stops in Cache Creek, B.C. as well as Watson Lake, Destruction Bay, and Teslin.

During his interrogation, Keyes only admitted to murders in the United States. It has been reported that when talking about his crimes Keyes laughed and told police: “Canadians don’t count.”

“Investigators believe Keyes did not know any of his victims prior to their abductions,” the FBI said last month.

“He described several remote locations that he frequented to look for victims – parks, campgrounds, trailheads, cemeteries, boating areas, etc. Keyes also admitted to frequenting prostitutes during his travels, and it is unknown at this time if he met any of his victims in this manner. Keyes indicated the victims are male and female and range in age from late teens to the elderly.”

Meanwhile, Whitehorse RCMP say no one has forgotten about Carlick.

“The investigation into Angel Carlick’s death continues to be a priority of the Yukon RCMP major crime unit, and a dedicated team continues to pursue any new information that comes to light.”

Contact Ashley Joannou at ashleyj@yukon-news.com