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W.Va. Panhandle 'Most wanted' fugitives found in Virginia

March 20, 2009

Authorities on Wednesday found a man wanted by West Virginia authorities for failing to appear on a local burglary charge, a deputy U.S. Marshal said Friday in a news release.

The Berkeley County, W.Va., prosecutor's office referred Austin Kerns to the West Virginia Fugitive Task Force in April, 2008, Deputy U.S. Marshal Mike Ulrich said.

Investigators discovered that Kerns was with another fugitive, Amanda Schultz. Schultz was wanted by federal authorities on a probation violation in connection with a prior federal weapons conviction, Ulrich said.

The two had been staying with friends, family and at campsites throughout Virginia and West Virginia.

Both were on the list of the Marshals' Eastern Panhandles' Most Wanted.

They were found Wednesday at a home on Poorhouse Road in Winchester, Va. Both were taken into custody without incident.

Kerns was charged by the Frederick County (Virginia) Sheriff's Office as a fugitive from justice and was in jail awaiting extradition back to West Virginia.

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Schultz was being held Friday in the Eastern Regional Jail, Ulrich said. 

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