Alaska suspect linked to 7 other killings

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A man charged in the death of an Alaska barista was found dead in his jail cell Sunday, and authorities announced hours later that investigators have linked him in recent months to seven other possible slayings in three other states.

Israel Keyes died of an apparent suicide, U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler said at a hastily assembled news conference that also included the FBI and Anchorage police.

Keyes was facing a March trial in Anchorage federal court for the murder of 18-year-old Samantha Koenig, who was abducted from a coffee kiosk in the city last February. He was later arrested in Texas after using the victim’s debit card.