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American murder fugitive turns himself in

STAFF WRITER

An American fugitive who is being sought on charges relating to the murder of his wife, turned himself in to the police on Sunday night.

According to the National Police Administration's Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB), the 36-year-old Vermont native, W.A. Kimmick, is wanted by Vermont law enforcement officials after being charged with the second-degree murder of his wife.

The bureau said that they received a request from the FBI, via the American Institute in Taiwan, a few weeks ago. FBI agents needed help in locating and arresting the fugitive.

According to information and a description of the man provided by the FBI, the red-headed, blue-eyed suspect, who has a tattoo on his left arm and weighs 90kg, flew to Taiwan on an EVA flight on Jan. 25. Investigations revealed that Kimmick might visit friends in Tainan or Pingtung.

In addition to announcing that Kimmick was being sought by the authorities and asking the local police to keep an eye out for him, CIB officers contacted his friends and asked them to convince him to give himself up.

Accompanied by a foreign friend who can speak fluent Mandarin, Kimmick turned himself in at the Pingtung County Police Department's Hengchun Precinct on Sunday.

The CIB said that Kimmick had confessed his crimes during interrogation.

The FBI is expected to send agents to escort Kimmick back to Vermont to stand trial.

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