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Husband accused of twice kidnapping wife caught by police; wife found dead

| Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, 6:45 p.m.

A man free on bond while awaiting trial on charges that he abducted and beat his wife while holding her captive for nearly two weeks this summer kidnapped her again Tuesday, state police said.

Kevin Ewing, 47, abducted his wife, Tierne, at gunpoint about 12:30 a.m. from a residence in West Finley, about 50 miles southwest of Pittsburgh along the West Virginia border.

According to the Washington County coroner's office, Tierne Ewing was found dead in a barn in West Finley Tuesday night. The coroner reports the death is being treated as an apparent homicide.

Police arrested Kevin Ewing Tuesday night after converging around a barn where he was suspected of hiding, WPXI reported.

A car the couple was believed to be riding in was found abandoned in a wooded area of West Finley about 9 a.m. Troopers got a warrant to search the car but did not immediately say what they found, said Trooper Stefani Lucas, a state police spokeswoman.

He had been wearing an electronic ankle bracelet to confine him to his home since he posted $100,000 bond July 11 on the earlier charges.

According to county adult probation officials, such devices can be programmed to provide GPS information but only if the court orders that. That was not ordered in Ewing's case, so his bracelet merely sends a signal to authorities if he has left the house, they said.

Kevin Ewing was accused of keeping his wife captive from June 26 to July 8.

Tierne Ewing, 48, had told authorities that he beat and pistol-whipped her, spat on her, kept her hands tied with wire and branded her legs with a piece of hot metal, according to a criminal complaint charging him with kidnapping, aggravated assault, terroristic threats, false imprisonment and other crimes.

She had staples closing a cut on her head — a home remedy, not hospital-administered — that she told police was caused when her husband hit her with a wooden gun stock. She had also been locked in a closet, police said.

Tierne Ewing escaped when her husband sent her into a credit union to withdraw money and she told tellers that she was being held against her will and feared that her husband would kill her, the complaint stated.

Washington County District Attorney Eugene Vittone said his office had asked a judge to keep Kevin Ewing in jail after he unexpectedly posted bond last month. The judge allowed him to remain free at home with the ankle bracelet.

State police warned that Kevin Ewing should be considered armed and dangerous.

“We just pray for everyone's safe return,” said Benjamin Goodwin, Ewing's attorney.

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