By DON AINES
Staff Writer, Martinsburg
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Kearneysville, W.Va., man was indicted by a Berkeley County Circuit Court Grand Jury Tuesday in the kidnapping of a 7-year-old Inwood girl.
Leonard Austin Ellinger Jr., 32, of 129 Evergreen Drive, faces up to life in prison if convicted on the kidnapping charge, according to Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely. She said he will be arraigned on the charge before a trial judge early next month, when a trial date will be set.
On Monday, May 5, the girl went to bed at about 9:30 p.m. and sometime during the night a man entered the mobile home and took her away while she slept. The girl told investigators that she was taken to a remote area in western Jefferson County near the Opequon Creek.