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Police: Man asked son for help disposing of slain woman's body

April 07, 2010|By DON AINES

STATE LINE, Pa. -- A State Line man charged Tuesday in Pennsylvania in the death of a Hagerstown woman had asked his son for help in disposing of the body, according to the affidavit of probable cause filed by Pennsylvania State Police.

Jeffrey Eldon Miles Sr., 47, of 485 East Ave., remained in Franklin County Jail without bail Wednesday, charged with criminal homicide in the slaying of Kristy Dawn Hoke, 29, according to police and Warden John Wetzel.

Hoke's body was found Tuesday morning in a wooded area near East Ninth Street and Clayton Avenue in Waynesboro, Pa. Pennsylvania State Police said Hoke appeared to have been stabbed, but autopsy results had not been released as of Wednesday afternoon.

Hoke, a mother of three, lived at 13616 Lois St. in the Northaven Mobile Home Park north of Hagerstown, according to her mother, Beverly Durboraw, with whom she lived.

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It was Durboraw who called the Washington County Sheriff's Office over the weekend to report her daughter missing, Investigator Greg Alton said.

Hoke was last seen Saturday by her mother and a neighbor.

Her car, a silver Chrysler Sebring convertible with a West Virginia license plate, also was missing, the affidavit said.

Miles was taken into custody early Tuesday after threatening to commit suicide by jumping off the State Line Road overpass of Interstate 81, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit said it was Miles' son, Dustin Lamier, "who reached out to police to aid him in dealing with his father."

Lamier phoned his father on Easter Sunday and Miles told Lamier that he needed help getting rid of a woman's vehicle, the affidavit alleges.

During that conversation, Miles "explained that he killed a female and that he needed further assistance disposing of her body and other evidence, including a car," according to allegations in the affidavit.

Police said in the affidavit that Lamier and Miles spoke multiple times Sunday.

Police also obtained cell phone records for Hoke and found that her cell phone number had been called from the same phone number that Miles used to call Lamier, the affidavit stated.

On Monday, Lamier had several more phone calls with Miles and another man, the affidavit stated. That other man told the son that he understood that the woman's car was parked off a back road in Franklin County, according to the affidavit.

Attempts to reach Lamier on Wednesday were unsuccessful.

When police interviewed the other man Tuesday morning, he told officers that Miles went to his house Saturday and "told him that he just killed Kristy," police allege in the affidavit.

While the man was being interviewed by police, he received a call from another person, telling him that Miles was on the State Line Road Bridge over Interstate 81 threatening to commit suicide. Troopers went to the bridge, where Miles was standing on the edge of the concrete barrier over the northbound lanes, according to the affidavit.

Miles told police he was not committing suicide because of what he did to Hoke, but was "killing the evil and demons inside of him," according to allegations in the affidavit.

Once in custody, Miles confessed to killing Hoke and took police to the location of the body and the car, which was "miles away," the affidavit alleges.

Police said in the affidavit that Hoke had multiple stab wounds to the neck and torso. Her Maryland driver's license was found in a wallet near the body, the affidavit says.

Franklin County Public Defender Michael Toms said Wednesday his office planned to petition to represent Miles. Considering the circumstances under which Miles was taken into custody, a mental health examination for him would be appropriate, Toms said.

Troy Poper of State Line, Pa., who said he was a friend of Miles, said, "He had good days and he had bad days ... Overall, more of a nicer guy than aggressive."

"I've seen him get mad, but I never saw him hurt anybody," Poper said.

Miles served two short sentences at Franklin County Jail in the past 11 years, Warden John Wetzel said Wednesday. He served one month on a theft conviction in 1999, and 10 days for disorderly conduct and driving without a license in September 2009, he said.

Miles, who formerly lived at several addresses in Hagerstown, has been charged with a number of offenses in Washington County since 1992, according to District Court records. Some cases were placed on the inactive docket and others were not prosecuted, according to court records.

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