Wanted in connection to brother's homicide, Slater is still on the run
By Elizabeth Wilkerson
WINCHESTER -- A man wanted in connection with his brother's slaying was still on the run Friday night, and may have fled to upstate New York.
Justin Shane Slater, 24, is wanted for first-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a murder, according to a press release from the Frederick County Sheriff's Office. Slater, of 117 Buffalo Trail, Shawneeland, has a history of "psychiatric evaluation" and should be considered armed and dangerous, the release says.
Slater's brother, Gregory Scott Slater Jr., 28, was found dead from an apparent gunshot wound at about 3:45 a.m. Thursday at his home at 293 Valley Mill Road, Frederick County Sheriff's Maj. Robert "Robbie" Eckman said Thursday.
The suspect's ex-girlfriend, Kayleigh Marie Plamondon, 22, was last seen Tuesday and is listed as missing under suspicious circumstances through the Clarke County Sheriff's Office. Authorities in Clarke and Frederick counties are treating the homicide and Plamondon's disappearance as being related, Eckman said.
On Friday, Clarke County Sheriff Anthony "Tony" Roper said authorities searched the Shenandoah River with a helicopter Thursday, and would search it with "personnel and dogs" Friday. Investigators have not ruled out the possibility that Plamondon, of 355 Cedar Wood Lane, White Post, is still alive, he said.
"Until we have her in person or we locate her body, we're just exhausting all possibilities," he said.
A press release issued later Friday by the Frederick County Sheriff's Office states that Justin Slater had rented a room Wednesday at the Fairfield Inn in Strasburg, and investigators believe he may have fled to the Syracuse, N.Y., area, some 360 miles north of Winchester on Interstate 81.
According to documents filed in Clarke County Circuit Court, Clarke County authorities executed a search warrant Wednesday evening at 500 Lakeview Farm Lane, the residence where Plamondon was last seen. On Thursday, Roper said Plamondon was "house-sitting" at that residence.
On Wednesday, a Clarke County deputy took a report of "a missing person under suspicious circumstances" at the Lakeview Farm Lane home, according to the affidavit for the search warrant.
During an initial search of the house, Clarke County investigator N.D. Chambers "observed a red substances consistent with blood on the floor next to the bed in the master bedroom and on a roll of toilet paper" in the bedroom's bathroom, the affidavit says.
Chambers "noted that the bed sheets were missing from the bed," it says. A witness at the scene said the sheets were on the bed, which was made, when she left the house at about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, it says.
The witness, who was the last person to see Plamondon, told investigators the missing woman had received several phone calls from the suspect Tuesday evening, it says.
"[The witness] states that the victim relayed concerns to her that the relationship with Justin Slater was over and that she had been having problems with him," it says.
According to the search warrant, authorities were looking for "blood, bodily fluids, latent prints, foot impressions and any evidence that would constitute an offense of assault and battery."
Investigators recovered 42 items at the residence, according to the search inventory, including hair, a comforter, a mattress top, paper towels, a roll of toilet paper, latent prints and a king size mattress and box spring.
Investigators also collected swabs from "red stains" on a leather chair, a hall door, a bedroom closet door, a nightstand, inside a washing machine, a laundry door, a bedroom door and the bedroom carpet, the inventory says. They also collected swabs from a vehicle and steering wheel, it says.
On Friday, Eckman said sheriff's offices "down the valley" and some in West Virginia were assisting authorities in Frederick and Clarke counties in the investigation, as was the FBI Task Force, the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and state police.
"And, of course, we have numerous agencies up and down the East Coast helping us," he said.
A press release issued later Friday noted that the suspect had rented a room at the Fairfield Inn in Strasburg
Justin Slater, whose nickname is "Pi," is described as white, 6 feet 1 inch tall, 170 pounds, with shoulder-length brown hair and green eyes. He may have a white dog and a black dog with him, according to a press release from the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.
He should be driving a brownish-gold 1999 Jeep SUV, with Virginia tags XXG 3569 and "flaring on all the wheel wells," the release says. The compartment window on the back driver's side is broken, it says, and windows on only the right side of the vehicle are tinted.
Plamondon is described as white, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, 125 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes, the release says.
Anyone with information about Plamondon is asked to call the Clarke County Sheriff's Office at 955-1234. Anyone who sees Slater is asked to call 911.