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May 23, 2019

Body of missing North Carolina woman found, authorities say ‘definitely there’s a killer on the loose’

March 15, 2019
The investigation on the death of Diana Alejandra Keel is still ongoing. (Nash County Sheriff’s Office)

The body found of the missing North Carolina woman was found days after she was reported missing, officials said.


Diana Alejandra Keel, 38, was found by a Department of Transportation worker on Tuesday outside the town of Leggett in Edgecombe County, the Nash County Sheriff’s Office said. A forensic autopsy completed the next day positively identified her the next day.

Keel’s death is being treated as a homicide.

“Definitely there’s a killer on the loose and we’re doing everything we can,” Sheriff Keith Stone said in a press conference.

Her husband, Rexford Lynn Keel, is being looked at a person of interest, the office said. He was the last person to see her alive.

Stone said Lynn Keel did not report his wife missing because she often leaves the home for several days, according to WRAL.

Stone also noted that there had been calls for service to the home for “communication problems” and “small domestic issues,” the outlet reported.

The condition of Keel’s body was not released as the investigation is still ongoing, officials said.

“The most difficult aspect of this case is a 10-year-old son and an 18-year-old daughter are without their mother,” Stone said.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Nash County Sheriff’s Office at (252) 459-4121 or Twin County Crime Stoppers at (252) 977-1111.

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