Authorities have positively identified the body found Tuesday in Tarboro as Diana Alejandra Keel, according to Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone.
Keel, 38, was last seen on Friday and reported missing on Saturday. Her body was found Tuesday by North Carolina Department of Transportation officials off of Polks Hole Road in Tarboro, Stone said. An autopsy was performed on Wednesday.
Stone said that investigators have reached out to Keel’s family in Columbia.
“There is definitely foul play afoot,” he said Tuesday. He reiterated foul play as the cause in a Wednesday press conference.
“The cause of death was the act of someone,” Stone said. He added that investigators believe the body had been where it was found since Keel was reported missing.
Keel’s husband, Lynn Keel, was brought in for questioning on Tuesday. Stone said he is still a person of interest.
The couple has a 10-year-old child together.
Those close to Diana Keel described her as “loving” and full of life.
“Bubbly, loving vivacious person,” said friend Taryn Edwards. She called Keel, whose middle name is Alejandra, “Ali.” “Never had a bad thing to say about anybody. Would always try to help someone out if they needed it.”
Edwards said she helped Keel learn to drive and helped her enroll in nursing classes. She also said that Keel and her husband first met in Bogota, Columbia, which is where she’s from. There were married for 12 years.
Investigators also said that Lynn Keel’s previous wife died in their home in 2006. Her death was ruled an accident.