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Police: Woman in bar bragged about deadly Oregon DUII crash

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Jean Keating, July 2013 jail photo Jean Keating, July 2013 jail photo
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Jewel Anderson Jewel Anderson

A woman sitting in a bar in Canada talked about how she had once gotten away with a deadly DUII crash in the U.S.

Police in Manitoba, Canada said they were tipped off about the candid discussions in early 2013, and followed up with an investigation.

Now, detectives on both sides of the border said that woman is Jean Keating, 54, a wanted suspect who was behind the wheel of a crash that killed a 65-year-old Oregon woman in 1997.

Keating, 38 and living in Milwaukie at the time, was originally arrested after the crash on Interstate 5 near Milepost 237 on Aug. 13, 1997. Police said she sideswiped another car driven by Jewel Anderson, 65, of Dexter.

Anderson lost control of her car, crossed through the center median and collided with another vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Keating was not hurt, and the third driver received no life-threatening injuries.

While awaiting trial in March 1998, Keating's attorney said he lost contact with her and was concerned she had, "flown the coop," according to Oregon State Police. The Linn County Circuit Court issued a bench warrant for her arrest.

Keating was to face charges of manslaughter, DUII, reckless driving and recklessly endangering another person.

Detectives received tips over the years, but none led to the suspect. Troopers said Keating's family never reported her missing. The case went cold.

In early 2013, Oregon State Police received information that a police officer in Manitoba, Canada had found Keating. That officer followed up on a tip about a woman telling people in a bar how she had gotten away with the deadly crash.

Canadian investigators identified the woman based upon a past DUII arrest in Canada. Her fingerprints were scanned, and matched those in the U.S. database for Keating.

On April 8, a member of the Canadian Immigration Division detained Keating, and took her into custody pending a deportation hearing. A deportation order was issued 10 days later.

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, OSP notified the family of victim Jewel Anderson.

They 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."

Now 54 years old Keating was booked in the Linn County Jail Thursday. She is being held behind bars without bail, and will be arraigned in court Friday afternoon.

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