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For Immediate Release

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September 18, 2011 DUSM Mark Durig, Western District of Virginia (540) 857-2345;
USMS Office of Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted Fugitive’s Remains Found in Virginia

WASHINGTON – The remains of U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted fugitive Beacher Hackney have been discovered in Hot Springs, Va. Hackney was wanted for a double homicide and the subject of an unrelenting manhunt since March 21, 2009.

Hackney, 61, was employed as a janitor at Hot Springs’ Homestead Resort and is believed to have shot and killed two of his former supervisors at work on March 21, 2009.

“Beacher Hackney was one of the U.S. Marshals most wanted fugitives for more than three years,” said David L. Harlow, Assistant Director of the U.S. Marshals Investigative Operations Division. “We would have preferred to bring him in alive to face justice, but are still content to bring this fugitive case to a close.”

Two individuals stumbled upon the remains of a body Sept. 3 in the woods of southern Bath County, approximately eight miles from the resort, and reported the finding to the Bath County’s Sheriff's Office.

The Bath County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Virginia Department of Forensic Science in Roanoke, Va., assisted in the identification of the discovered remains. DNA analysis performed on the remains and a comparison to family members of the fugitive confirmed the identity of the remains as Hackney.

Agencies involved with this investigation include: Virginia State Police, Bath County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Marshals Service Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force and U.S. Marshals Western District of Virginia.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov

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