Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Homestead killer still on loose

The tranquility of the mountains of western Virginia was broken Saturday night when a 59-year-old Homestead Resort employee allegedly shot and killed two supervisors in the resort's kitchen as guests dined nearby.

Four days later, Beacher Ferrel Hackney is still at large. Search dogs were called in even as schools reopened Tuesday ... but citizens were still on alert.

The Staunton News Leader reported:
Three days after the slayings, casual conversation in Hot Springs (pop. 490), inevitably turns to Hackney. Is he dead? Is he eluding authorities while hiding in the mountains? Has he fled the state?
Western Virginia is waiting to hear that this man is captured.

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