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November 14, 2012

Pa. fugitive nabbed in Louisiana

SOMERSET, Pa. — The 23-year-old Meyersdale man accused of killing Justine Marie Jackson, 19, and dumping her body under the Keystone Viaduct along the Great Allegheny Passage trail in Larimer Township was arrested without incident at about dawn Wednesday in Jefferson Parrish, La.

Jonathan William Beal, who is charged with criminal homicide in the death of Jackson, was taken into custody at about 6:45 a.m. by the U.S. Marshal’s Service and the Jefferson Parrish Sheriff’s Office. The arrest was made in Marrewro, a suburb of New Orleans.

Beal was found hiding in a bathroom, according to Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Ted Goins, the lead investigator in the case who is assigned to the Somerset barrack.

Beal was jailed in Jefferson Parrish pending extradition proceedings to return him to Somerset County.

Jackson’s body was found Sunday by two people walking the trail. Positive identification of the body was announced by state police in a press conference Tuesday afternoon at the Somerset barrack.

Police said Jackson died of homicide by ligature strangulation.

 

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