Evidence suggests foul play in Tamburo's death

July 27, 2009|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- A missing man who was identified Friday by Dr. James Kaplan of the West Virginia Medical Examiner's Office died as a result of foul play, police said.

Stephen J. Tamburo Jr., 62, of Shanghai Road in Berkeley Springs, went missing in December. A badly decomposed body of a male was found in the Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management area in April.

Tamburo's brother, Donald Tamburo, said the family was notified Friday by the medical examiner that the body was his brother.

"We knew all along it was our brother and we knew it was foul play," Tamburo said. "He was buried in a shallow grave."

Tamburo said the family contacted the television show "America's Most Wanted."

"We're waiting to hear from them," he said, in hopes that the show will want to help them find out what happened to Tamburo.


"This missing-person investigation is being investigated as a murder investigation," said 1st Sgt. E.D. Burnett, West Virginia State Police district commander, in a press release.

Burnett said anyone with information about Tamburo may contact the Berkeley Springs state police detachment at 304-258-0000. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to, the release said.

"No other information is going to be released at this time, as this is an active investigation and all investigative avenues are being accessed," the release said.

Donald Tamburo said a funeral service for Stephen J. Tamburo Jr. will be held Saturday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Sykesville, Md. The burial will be private.

Stephen J. Tamburo III, 39, who lived with his father, has not been seen in the local area since mid-December, authorities have said.

Cpl. A.T. Peer of the West Virginia State Police detachment in Berkeley Springs, who is in charge of the investigation, has said police have been looking for him to obtain information about his father.

Stephen J. 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 the arraignment, said Morgan County Prosecutor Debra MH McLaughlin.



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