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Police continue search for Burkett

August 12, 2006

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Two weeks after the killings of his estranged wife and a neighbor, Pennsylvania State Police said Friday there were no new developments in the search for Curtis Eugene Burkett.

Trooper Eugene Covington said Friday afternoon there have been no confirmed sightings of or contacts with the 41-year-old Mercersburg, Pa., man who last was last driving his camouflaged 1980s Ford F-150 from the Longview Campground on the night of July 28, when he allegedly killed William Zimmerman, his 50-year-old neighbor, who died of a single gunshot wound to the chest.

The same night, Burkett's oldest son found the body of 39-year-old Cathy Burkett in the bathroom of her Garnes Road home. She had been shot several times, police said.

Burkett was charged with two counts of criminal homicide in their deaths.

On Tuesday, a bench warrant was issued for Burkett for failing to appear for a preliminary hearing on a charge of simple assault that was filed July 21. On that morning, he allegedly assaulted his wife at the Longview Campground, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

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Burkett also was charged with violating a protection from abuse order his wife had petitioned the court for in January.

Since the homicides, police have said Burkett could have repainted the truck, and they have contacted law enforcement agencies and expanded the search to include counties west of Franklin County, as well as Maryland and West Virginia. On Tuesday, Trooper Ed Asbury said police helicopters no longer were being used regularly in the search.

Burkett is 6 feet tall and about 230 pounds with brown hair. Employed at Frick Co. in Waynesboro, Pa., for many years, he also is hearing-impaired, police said.

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