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Son charged in Tamburo death

August 28, 2009|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- A Berkeley Springs man who has not been seen locally since his father went missing in December 2008 has been taken into custody in Miami by the U.S. Marshals Service and charged with murder in his father's death, authorities said Friday night.

Morgan County Prosecuting Attorney Debra MH McLaughlin said she received a call Friday from West Virginia State Police Sgt. S.E. Davis, who told her that Stephen John Tamburo III, 39, of Shanghai Road, had been found in Miami and was being held there on a fugitive warrant issued by Morgan County.

"We will seek extradition, and when it's attained, he will be brought to Morgan County to face charges," McLaughlin said.

A murder warrant for Tamburo's arrest was issued in early August by Morgan County Magistrate Kermit Ambrose. 

Donald Tamburo, of Pasadena, Md., a brother of the slain man, said someone from the U.S. Marshal's Service called him at about 4 p.m. Friday to let him know his nephew had been arrested. 

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Tamburo said the family was happy to hear that an arrest had been made.

"My oldest brother said he might be able to finally sleep tonight," Tamburo said.

Stephen J. Tamburo Jr. was 62 when he went missing in December.  

In April, the body of a white male was discovered in the Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management area close to the Morgan County-Berkeley County line. 

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

In late July, the badly decomposed body was identified as Stephen J. Tamburo Jr. and evidence suggested foul play was involved, according to Dr. James Kaplan of the medical examiner's office.

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