N.C. Husband Wanted for Murder Is Missing After Investigators Identify His Wife's Body: Sheriff

Diana Alejandra Keel was reported missing from her Nashville home by her daughter on March 9


Nearly a week after 38-year-old emergency room nurse Diana Alejandra Keel was reported missing, authorities said they have found her body and her husband is wanted for murder.

On Friday, the Nash County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina said that they had obtained a first-degree murder warrant for Rexford Lynn Keel Jr., her 57-year-old husband.

Authorities said that his whereabouts are currently unknown, though he is believed to be driving a 1998 Chevrolet pickup truck, possibly in a pewter or gold color, with North Carolina license plate BBM-9232.

The update in the case came after the Nash County Sheriff’s Office confirmed on Wednesday night that a female body they found earlier in the week was identified as Keel’s. Police said Keel’s husband was the last person to see her alive.

Earlier on Wednesday, PEOPLE confirmed that authorities believed they may have found Keel’s body and that her husband was a person of interest.

Keel was reported missing from her Nashville home by her daughter on Saturday, March 9, according to a Nash County Sheriff’s Office press release.

Her employer told authorities she had not shown up for work the previous few days, and her car was still parked at her home.

On Tuesday, Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone announced that a local Department of Transportation worker had found a woman’s decomposing body in the woods.

Although it remained unclear how the woman died, Stone said, “There is definitely foul play involved.”RELATED VIDEO: Murder on Mulholland Drive: Who Killed ‘Jane Doe 59’?

Stone said Keel’s husband told investigators he last saw his wife Friday and seemed “surprised” when he heard that a body was found.

He was questioned by investigators Tuesday but was not taken into custody at that time, authorities said.

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On Sunday, Keel’s daughter tweeted pictures of her and her mother captioned, “this is insane… you see this happen to everyone else and you don’t think it’s ever going to happen to you.”

Keel’s 10-year-old son is currently with his grandparents while authorities carry out their investigation, Stone said, calling the situation “tragic.”

No arrests have been made in the case.

“I’ve heard nobody that knew her had anything negative to say about this woman,” he said Tuesday. “What a tragic event. Even more tragic we now have a 10-year-old without a mom.”

Anyone with information on Rexford Lynn Keel Jr.’s whereabouts is urged to call the Nash County Sheriff’s Office at (252) 459-4121 or Twin County Crime Stoppers at (252) 977-1111.

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