TUCSON – A murder suspect wanted in North Carolina for killing his wife currently sits in Pima County Jail.
Lynn Keel, 58, was arrested on Sunday by Arizona Department of Public Safety Patrol Officers on Interstate 10.
Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone said the public played an important role in getting Keel off the streets. He said they received a tip and shared that information with Arizona authorities.
Within 17 minutes of hearing the attempt to locate him over the radio, Keel was arrested.
DPS said he was first spotted at Milepost 236 – the exit to Marana, but he was not pulled over until Milepost 257, which exits at Speedway Boulevard.
He is accused of stabbing his wife, 38-year-old Diana Alejandra Keel. Authorities said she went missing on March 9. She was found a short time later on March 12.
When DPS pulled over Keel, authorities said he had lots of cash and bank receipts. They also said he kept his head down when they passed him on the interstate.
DPS said Keel was driving his parent’s truck. That vehicle has been seized and detectives will be searching it.
Jail officials said he is being housed in 4-Alpha, which is considered the administration segregation section. Lt. Noah Adkins said he is there due to the nature of the charges and this case is high profile. He said the first 72 hours are very important. He said they need to pay attention and watch and see how he responds to being in custody.
He is being held without bond.
An extradition hearing is scheduled for March 21.
“I’m glad we got a killer off the road and brought closure to the case,” Stone said.
He said they were going to reopen the case involving the death of his first wife. She died in 2006, it was ruled accidental.
Nash County sheriff’s detectives are scheduled to arrive in Tucson sometime this week.