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Neighbor charged with concealing slain Berkeley Springs man's body

November 11, 2009

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- A neighbor of a Berkeley Springs man accused of killing his father has been charged with concealing the dead man's body, West Virginia State Police said in a news release Wednesday.

Donovan "Donnie" Carl Younker, 27, was arrested Tuesday and charged with concealment of a deceased human body, the release said.

Younker was arraigned before Magistrate Greg Miller, who set bond at $50,000, the release said.

Younker is a neighbor of Stephen J. Tamburo III, 39, of Berkeley Springs, who is charged in the death of his father, Stephen J. Tamburo Jr., of 970 Shanghai Road in Berkeley Springs.

"I am very relieved they got him," said Donald Tamburo of Pasadena, Md., the brother of the victim. "If he had come forth in the very beginning, we could have buried my brother in an open casket."

Stephen J. Tamburo Jr. was reported missing in December 2008. His body was found in April in the Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area, about two miles from his home. He was 62.

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On Sept. 10, Stephen J. Tamburo III was extradited from Miami to Eastern Regional Jail in Martinsburg, W.Va., and charged with killing his father. A murder warrant was issued for Tamburo III on July 27 and he was found by the U.S. Marshal's Service in late August.

At a preliminary hearing for Tamburo III in September, a West Virginia state trooper testified another man helped load the body of Tamburo Jr. into a truck in December 2008.

State Police Cpl. A.T. Peer testified in Morgan County Magistrate Court that Younker told him in an interview that Tamburo III called him in December and told him that he had shot his father and he needed help at his house.

Peer said Younker told him he knew a body was wrapped up in the rug and he helped Tamburo III load it into the truck at the residence.

Peer testified that Younker said he did not tell him during earlier interviews because he said "he was nervous about telling" him and that Tamburo III had told him he was connected to the mafia and "that was playing" on his mind, Peer said.

Anyone with information on the investigation is asked to call the State Police Berkeley Springs Detachment at 304-258-0000 or send e-mail to tips@wvstatepolice.com.

Staff writer Trish Rudder contributed to this story.

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