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Autopsy: Diana Keel suffered stab wounds, blunt force injuries

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A former Wilson Medical Center nurse who authorities say was killed by her husband nearly a year ago died as a result of a multiple blunt force injuries and stab wounds, her autopsy report states.

Diana Alejandra Keel, 38, whose body was discovered March 12, 2019, in rural Edgecombe County about 30 minutes from her Nash County home, had multiple injuries to her body, according to her autopsy, which was first reported and obtained by Raleigh television station CBS 17.

Keel’s husband, Lynn Keel, who is charged with first-degree murder in her death, fled the state after Nash County sheriff’s deputies issued an arrest warrant in connection to her killing. He was eventually captured several days later about 34 miles from the Mexico border in Arizona with a large amount money on him as well as many Wells Fargo bank receipts, according to officials. He was extradited to Nash County.

“There were multiple blunt force injuries of the head consisting of varying sized lacerations of the scalp and face, extensive skull fractures and intracranial injuries,” according to her autopsy report.

Diana Keel also suffered from “multiple sharp injuries” consisting of “large incised wounds” on the left side of her face and neck, the report indicates.

The sharp force injuries were consistent with “chop-type” wounds, according to her autopsy.

“Therefore, it is possible that both sharp and blunt force injuries could have been the result of a single instrument,” the report read. The report also indicates she suffered from “extensive injuries” to her head and torso, as well as her legs and arms, after her death.

Black writing on her mid stomach area appeared to read “PROPR MS 13” along with “additional illegible letters on the left side” of her stomach, according to the report.

Nash County deputies were called to Diana and Lynn Keel’s Momeyer home on March 9 after her 18-year-old daughter and her employer reported her missing.

Keel told investigators he last saw his wife on March 8 when she left with friends. He also told investigators that his wife would leave from time to time, according to officials. Diana Keel’s vehicle was still in the driveway.

On March 12, a state Department of Transportation worker found Diana Keel’s body, which had been dumped a few miles outside the town of Leggett between N.C. 97 and N.C. 33 — about 30 minutes from her Nash County home.

Diana Keel was loved by many, including her co-workers at Wilson Medical Center. She had been an emergency room nurse there since 2017.

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