Officials say woman abducted by husband found dead, suspect is now brain-dead
Fourth Estate Staff
Pittsburgh, PA, United States (4E) – The Pennsylvania woman who was said to be abducted by her husband who was out on bond has been found dead while the suspect is said to be brain-dead.
According to police, Tierne Ewing, 48, was found dead in a barn. The suspect and husband and of the victim, 47-year-old Kevin Ewing, was brought to a hospital suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Tierne was taken from her home at gunpoint at 12:30 A.M. on Tuesday. Eight hours after she was reported missing, her vehicle was found near her home. Officials searched the area and by 9 P.M. on Tuesday, they found the couple.
A press release from the police said that Tierne died as a result of an apparent gunshot wound. They did not provide details as to where Tierne was shot and how many times. Kevin was brought to an undisclosed hospital and it remains unclear what his condition is now but it was confirmed that it was advised he is brain-dead.
Officials are still awaiting organ donation decisions.
The case involving Kevin Tierne was questioned by many after it was found out that he abducted his wife from June 26 to July 8. He held her captive and during that time, Kevin beat, pistol-whipped, spat at his wife and kept her hands tied then branded her legs with a piece of hot metal. He was facing charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault, terroristic threats, false imprisonment, and other related crimes.
Tierne was able to escape the first kidnapping after he ordered her to withdraw money. Tierne then told the teller that she was being held against her will. Police officials were called and Kevin was arrested. Kevin was found with a rifle, a knife, and a handgun.
Kevin, however, was allowed to be free on bond pending his court appearance. He posted $100,000 bond on July 11 and prosecutors asked to raise the bond amount so that he would remain in jail. However, Judge Gary Gilman did not do so but ordered Kevin to wear an electronic ankle bracelet so that he would be monitored. The ankle bracelet was removed by Kevin and was left at his home that is why when he went to abduct his wife, it did not set off any alarm.
Police have not yet charged Kevin.