Police investigate Beaver County homicide

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A woman was found dead in her Beaver County home today, and her boyfriend later confessed that he killed her, Aliquippa police chief Don Couch said.

The daughter of Patricia Thompson, 53, discovered her mother's body in her home in the 400 block of Adams Street. Police responded at 3:34 p.m.

Police searched for Ms. Thompson's boyfriend, James R. Turner, Jr., 58, of Aliquippa, who later turned himself into police, he said.

"He cooperated and confessed," Chief Couch said.

Mr. Turner remains at the Aliquippa police station. He will be arraigned over night and charged with a count of criminal homicide, Chief Couch said.

It wasn't clear how or when Ms. Thompson was killed. That will be determined in an autopsy, Chief Couch said. She likely died sometime between Thursday and Friday afternoon, he said.

Multiple search warrants are being served at several residences, he said.

Before Mr. Turner turned himself in, police searched for Ms. Thompson's car, which they believed he had fled in. He had taken it, but Sewickley police towed it at 8:40 a.m. from where he abandoned it after it ran out of gas, Chief Couch said.

The couple had a history of domestic issues, according to the chief.

Lexi Belculfine: lbelculfine@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc.

First Published August 15, 2014 12:00 AM


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