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Prosecutor awaiting autopsy results on W.Va. hostage

June 16, 2009|By RICHARD F. BELISLE

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Berkeley County Prosecutor Pamela Games-Neely said she expects later today to receive a report from an autopsy conducted on the body of Katherine Nicole Sharp, who was found dead in her Martinsburg-area home after her former boyfriend ended a 26-hour standoff with police.

Games-Neely said she expects the autopsy being performed in Morgantown, W.Va., to determine the cause of death of the 35-year-old Martinsburg mother of two.

Donald Berkeley Surber, 37, of Winchester, Va., was arraigned on kidnapping charges Monday afternoon shortly after his arrest. He was being held without bond in the West Virginia Eastern Regional Jail in Martinsburg.   

A preliminary hearing for Surber on the kidnapping charge is scheduled for Monday at 4 p.m. before Berkeley County Magistrate Joan Bragg.


The maximum punishment for kidnapping in West Virginia is life in prison.

Surber is being held without bond in the West Virginia Eastern Regional Jail in Martinsburg.

Police learned Sunday morning that a man they later identified as Surber took Sharp hostage in her home 10 Raider Lane home in the Ridgefield subdivision off W.Va. 9 west of Interstate 81, police said.

Games-Neely said today that police last had contact with Sharp in her home early Sunday evening.


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