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Woman sought in murder investigation

October 27, 1997

By MARLO BARNHART

Staff Writer

A woman wanted in connection with a murder in late August was still at-large Monday, authorities said.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department for the last week has been searching for Clara Elizabeth Miller, who allegedly was with a suspect when a Greencastle, Pa., man was fatally beaten west of Hagerstown, according to Investigator Roy Harsh.

Specific charges against Miller aren't known, since a Washington County Grand Jury indictment is sealed. But Harsh said she has been indicted criminally.

Harsh said anyone found to be harboring Miller could face criminal prosecution.

Miller, 19, is described as a white woman, 5 feet 4 inches tall, 125 pounds, brown hair, blue eyes. She sometimes goes by the names Kia, Keisha and Kesha, Harsh said.

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"She has been seen on the streets off and on, but not for the last week or so," Harsh said.

Miller's alleged companion at the time of the crime was arrested under the name "James Thomas," 30, of 441/2 E. Franklin St.

Harsh said the investigation has revealed his real name to be Thomas Clifford Wallace, age 30 or 31.

He was in jail on a drug charge when he was charged with attempted murder in the beating of Darrius Allen Fetterhoff of Greencastle, Pa.

After Fetterhoff died on Aug. 28, authorities petitioned the Washington County Grand Jury for a murder indictment. That indictment was handed up earlier this month, Harsh said.

Fetterhoff, 58, who was struck in the head and rolled over a 90-foot embankment, was left for dead on Aug. 20, police said.

Fetterhoff apparently re-mained for nearly a week after the beating along the Conococheague Creek east of the Creek Bridge on Broadfording Road.

He was unconscious when a fisherman looking for bait found him there, Harsh said.

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