Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

WV State News

February 11, 2013

Va. man pleads guilty to killing wife in 2002

LEWISBURG — A Virginia man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty in West Virginia to killing his wife more than a decade ago.

Media outlets report that 52-year-old Thomas Neal Tait of Waynesboro entered a guilty plea Monday in Greenbrier County Circuit Court in Lewisburg.

The body of 23-year-old Karen Santillan Tait was found in the Greenbrier State Forest in West Virginia in 2002. But she wasn’t listed as missing until 2011 and her body wasn’t identified until last fall. When initially questioned, Tait told investigators he had presumed she had returned to the Philippines to be with family.

Tait is awaiting sentencing in Virginia after being convicted of possession of child pornography in July. The sentences will run concurrently.

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