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Pa. case to be featured on 'America's Most Wanted'

September 15, 1999|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Trooper Eugene Covington will be heading to Washington, D.C., this weekend to help jump-start a four-year-old unsolved Franklin County murder case with an appearance on national television.

State police in Franklin County are hoping someone watching "America's Most Wanted" can tell them where to find Tonya Nicole Dice, also known as "Snow." She's wanted in connection with the Jan. 13, 1995, murder of Freddie Walte Brumfield, 18, who was found dead of a gunshot wound along Funk Road outside of Chambersburg. But police say they don't think she pulled the trigger.

Dice, 25, whose last known address was Fort Loudon, Pa., was charged with criminal homicide and hindering apprehension or prosecution in July.

Cpl. George Cronin described her as an accomplice in the death of Brumfield, but she faces the possibility of life in prison or the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder.

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Covington said the latest information they have is Dice may be living in the Atlanta or Tampa, Fla., areas. He said he would be at the studio Saturday to field any calls on the Fox Network show hosted by John Walsh.

Covington said a crew from the show took video where the incident occurred, but he did not know specifically what would be aired Saturday.

While Brumfield's body was found on a roadside in Letterkenny Township, police believe he was killed in a mobile home at 1986 Philadelphia Ave. The affidavit of probable cause said Dice told police on June 23, 1995, she was involved, specifically by cleaning up the house after the shooting.

Dice soon failed to appear in court for arraignment on a charge of possession with intent to deliver cocaine.

"We just really want to stir people up down here and refresh everybody's memory of this case," Cronin said. "There's a lot of people in this area who have knowledge of this crime."

"People know who did the crime," Cronin added.

The affidavit named a man who is now serving in state prison on drug charges as being involved in Brumfield's death, but he has never been charged.

"We're taking a very aggressive stance toward all our unsolved homicides. ... We're not going to stop until this case is solved," Cronin said.

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