A Pennsylvania woman who police say was abducted by her estranged husband early Tuesday morning has been found dead in a West Finley Township barn.
State police confirmed that Tierne Ewing, 48, was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head Tuesday night. Her estranged husband and accused abductor, 47-year-old Kevin Ewing, was found alive with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Police have revealed few details about why the alleged abduction occurred, but online court records show an arrest warrant was issued for Kevin Ewing on kidnapping, terroristic threats, weapons charges and other crimes.
"She was scared to death of him. He threatened her all the time," said Tierne Ewing's father, Richard Kopko. "He beat her several times."
Police said from June 26 to July 8, Kevin Ewing held Tierne hostage, brutally beating her with a hammer and firearm; keeping a cord around her neck; duct-taping her mouth and hands; and repeatedly telling her he was going to kill her and kill himself.
North Strabane police arrested him on July 8 and Magistrate Mark Wilson set bail at $100,000. On July 11, Kevin Ewing posted bail.
On July 15. Assistant District Attorney Kristin Clingerman filed an emergency motion asking to keep Kevin Ewing in jail by increasing his bail. But on July 19, Judge Gary Gilman denied the request and Kevin Ewing was released on $100,000 bail.
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