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Police say body is missing W.Va. man

July 25, 2009|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- A body found in April in the Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management area was identified Friday as Stephen J. Tamburo, who has been missing since December. 

Tamburo's sister, Rosemarie Martin of Westminster, Md., said Dr. James Kaplan of the West Virginia Medical Examiner's Office called her Friday afternoon. 

Tamburo's body was found April 25 near the Berkeley County-Morgan County line and has been in the state medical examiner's office for 13 weeks. 

"I called the medical examiner's office every day this week with no results until today," Martin said Friday.  

She said she had been given several reasons why the medical examiner could not call her back. They told her they did not even know if they had a "possible Tamburo," Martin said. 

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The victim's brother, Donald Tamburo of Pasadena, Md., said Friday, "we knew it was our brother, and we are relieved they finally gave him the respect he deserves." 

Donald Tamburo said the body will be released to the family Monday and funeral arrangements were being made.  

Cpl. A.T. Peer of the West Virginia State Police detachment in Berkeley Springs is in charge of the investigation.

Berkeley Springs detachment commander Sgt. S.E. Davis said any information will be released through 1st Sgt. E.D. Burnett, the district commander. 

Stephen Tamburo, 62, of Shanghai Road in Berkeley Springs, went missing in early December, according to a January press release from state police.  

When a body was found in April, an autopsy by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Charleston, W.Va., determined the unidentified man died about two months before his body was found and that he did not die of natural causes. 

Stephen Tamburo's son, Stephen J. Tamburo III, 39, also of Shanghai Road, has not been seen locally since mid-December. Peer said police were looking for him for information regarding his father. 

Morgan County Prosecutor Debra MH McLaughlin said Stephen Tamburo III was indicted in April by a Morgan County Grand Jury on 15 counts of prescription fraud between September and December 2008. He did not appear for his arraignment.

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