LINN COUNTY, OR – A woman wanted for a DUI related death in 1997 was found in Canada after she bragged about getting away with murder inside a bar.
Police said in 1997, a then 38-year-old Jean Keating was driving drunk when she sideswiped a car driven by 65-year-old Jewel Anderson, causing her cross the center median and collide with another vehicle. Anderson was pronounced dead at the scene. Keating, as is usually the case with drunks, was not hurt.
Keating was charged with manslaughter, DUII, reckless driving and recklessly endangering another person. But while awaiting trial in March 1998, Keating’s attorney informed authorities he was concerned his client had “flown the coop.”. The Linn County Circuit Court issued a bench warrant for Keating’s arrest and she hasn’t been heard from since. Well, until now.
In early 2013 a police officer in Manitoba, Canada had followed up on a tip about a woman telling people in a bar how she had gotten away with the deadly crash in the United States. Canadian investigators were able to identify the woman based upon a past DUI arrest in Canada and her fingerprints matched those in the U.S. database for Keating.
A member of the Canadian Immigration Division detained Keating jn April, and took her into custody pending a deportation hearing. On June 13, local troopers were notified she was in custody of the U.S. Marshals Service in North Dakota, where she was held until her return to Oregon.
After confirmation she was back in U.S. custody, Oregon State Police notified the family of Jewel Anderson. Anderson’s family released a statement saying, in part:
“Jewel was the sweetest woman anyone has ever known; a mother, sister, aunt, mother-in-law, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a stranger to no one and loved holidays, family gatherings like picnics and reunions and traveling. Her home was home to anyone, and she would help anyone that needed down to her last dime, or the shirt off her back.”
Keating, now a rough looking 54-years-old, was booked in the Linn County Jail Thursday. She’s being held behind bars without bail.