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Contents of sealed indictment put on Web site

November 26, 1997

Contents of sealed indictment put on Web site

By MARLO BARNHART

Staff Writer

The contents of a sealed Washington County grand jury indictment have been made public on a local law enforcement agency's computer Web site, which lists charges against a Hagerstown woman in connection with an August murder.

Clara Elizabeth Miller's picture is on the Washington County Sheriff's Department Web site. Beneath her picture is information noting she is wanted on two counts of accessory after the fact, felony theft, auto theft and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Authorities have been unable to locate Miller, 19, for several months. Crime Solvers has offered a $1,000 reward for information on her whereabouts.

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Washington County Sheriff's Department Investigator Roy Harsh said Tuesday he wasn't aware that the sealed grand jury information on Miller's charges was on the Web site.

Neither was Washington County State's Attorney Kenneth Long, whose office had the indictment sealed.

"I knew that other police agencies have known what the charges are but I didn't know it was on the sheriff's department's Web site," Long said.

Long said he would discuss the matter with Sheriff Charles Mades.

Sgt. Doug Mullendore said he put the information about Miller on the Web site not realizing that the charges were in a sealed indictment.

The information about the charges was removed from the Web site Tuesday, Mullendore said.

Miller is believed to have been with a man accused in the fatal beating of a Greencastle, Pa., man west of Hagerstown, Harsh said.

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

"We had a possible sighting of her Nov. 20 in the parking lot of Big Lots on Maryland Avenue," said Harsh. "So we know she's been around.''

The man accused in the beating was arrested under the name James Thomas, 30, of 44 1/2 E. Franklin St.

Harsh said investigators have learned the suspect's real name is 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.

Fetterhoff died on Aug. 28, and authorities petitioned the Washington County grand jury for a murder indictment. That indictment was returned in October, Harsh said.

Miller was indicted at a later grand jury session and the information was to remain sealed until she was served.

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

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

Anyone with information can call Harsh at 301-791-3020 or 301-791-3300, ext. 117.

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