Debra J Feldman
Case #: 0907702
Debra Feldman was 48 years old when she was last seen at her apartment in Hackensack, New Jersey on April 8, 2009. None of her bank accounts have been used since then.
She is a white female, 5’1” in height, 112 lbs with blonde hair, dark roots and blue eyes, her date of birth is listed as 9/8/1960.
Debra had a troubled life, being a prostitute and struggling with a drug addiction, she battled a lot of demons. Her son, Matthew, recalls his last conversation with his mother, telling her “If you’re not going to get clean, you have no room in my life.” He also stated, “But at the end of the day, she’s still my mother.”
He last saw her in Little Ferry NJ, and she was desperate for money, demanding her son give her the recent $400 he had made from working at the local Wendy’s. She threatened to kill herself if she didn’t get the cash. Debra claimed it was for her rent. Against his better judgement, he gave her the money, because “that’s what family does.”
The FBI has said that Debra may be a victim of serial killer Israel Keyes, but he committed suicide in his jail cell in November of 2013, while being held on charges for an 18 year old barista from Alaska named Samantha Koenig. He was caught using her debit card in Texas. According to police, he left behind a trail of unanswered questions about his 11+ murders stretching across the USA from 2001 to 2012 when he was arrested. Israel Keyes was known for traveling between cities and states with his victims, often killing and burying them far from where he kidnapped them.
The FBI also announced that they have several other reasons for believing that Israel Keyes is the culprit for Debra’s disappearance. The most compelling reason is what investigators saw as they interviewed Keyes when he was arrested in 2012, not long before he suddenly cut his wrist and passed away in the Alaskan jail. One by one, the agents slid photos of missing persons in front of his face, attempting to identify victims he would not name. Again and again, Keyes would say “nope” as he glanced at each photo. Once he came upon Debra’s image, he hesitated, then said, “I don’t want to talk about her yet.”
In July of 2012, Keyes admitted to abducting a woman from an “East Coast state” on April 9th 2009, (just one day after Debra was last seen) before driving her to upstate New York where he killed and buried her in the Tupper Lake area. This woman was a drifter, a drug addict and a prostitute but he did not specifically identify her as being Debra. Authorities say that Keyes was known to frequent prostitutes. His other victims varied from male and female and ranged in age between late teens to elderly. He confessed to committing dozens of murders during his job as a traveling contractor, though there has only been solid proof of 11 of them.
To this date, Debra’s body has not been recovered. The FBI still believes the victim on April 9th was Debra. Unfortunately for all of the victim’s families, Keyes committed suicide so he could selfishly take the rest of his secrets to the grave.
If you have any further information, please contact the Hackensack Police Department at 201-646-7777 or the FBI at 800-CALL-FBI.