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Suspect in 4 West Virginia killings found dead

December 2, 2014

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia (AP) — A West Virginia man suspected in four killings in separate shootings was discovered dead in his truck of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after an hours-long manhunt, police said Monday.

Jody Lee Hunt, 39, was found in the woods in Monongalia County, inside his 2011 Ford F-150, according to state police. The vehicle and body were found about 7 p.m. in “a power line right of way,” spokesman Lt. Dennis Johnson said.

Hunt was wanted in two shootings in the Westover area and another in the Cheat Lake area in Monongalia County, spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous said. Medical officials will work to confirm the identity of the body, he said.

Officials said they would not release further information Monday night. On Tuesday, investigators at each of the three crime scenes will “sit down and piece all those puzzle pieces together and find out how this all happened,” Baylous said.

Hunt owned J&J Towing and Repair LLC of Westover, according to state documents.

By Monday night, three of the four victims’ names had been released: Sharon Kay Berkshire, 39, of Westover; Michael David Frum, 28, of Maidsville; and Doug Brady, owner of a towing company located less than a quarter mile (400 meters) from Hunt’s company.

Berkshire filed a domestic violence case against Hunt last month, according to court records. Court records indicated there were no protective orders currently in place for Berkshire.

Frum’s aunt, Ellen Shafer, said she knew few details about her nephew’s death. She said Frum worked on detailing cars and did some construction work and other odd jobs.


Associated Press writers John Raby in Charleston and Jonathan Mattise in Morgantown contributed to this report.

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