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Shenandoah County: Suspect in N.Y. murder found

Anthony Robert Taglianetti (Buy photo)

Woodbridge man arrested near Woodstock Friday afternoon

By Sally Voth -- svoth@nvdaily.com

A Woodbridge man wanted for the murder of a New York school superintendent was arrested during a traffic stop on Woodstock Tower Road on Friday afternoon.

Anthony Robert "Bob" Taglianetti II, 42, was apprehended at about 4 p.m. by Shenandoah County Sheriff's deputies assisting the U.S. Marshals Service, Sheriff's Lt. Wesley Dellinger said.

"We had information the subject was possibly camping here in Shenandoah County," he said. "He was cooperative."

Chautauqua County, N.Y., Sheriff's Office Undersheriff Charles J. Holder said Taglianetti is suspected of murdering Keith Reed, 51, on Sept. 21. The Clymer Central School superintendent's body was found on Monday. He had been shot, Holder said.

"It started out as a missing person complaint," he said. "As colleagues and family were trying to locate him for several days, we were out searching, and then one of our canine dogs came upon his body at the corner of his property."

Holder described Clymer, N.Y., as rural "Amish country."

"It's very rural farm country," the undersheriff said. "I don't think we've ever had a murder out in Clymer [in the 25 years] I've been on the job."

He said Taglianetti was in the custody of the Prince William County Police Department.

"We do have a motive in mind," Holder said. "Until we move ahead with the legal system, we're not really going to divulge that. This wasn't a random thing. They definitely knew each other."

The Clymer Central School website has a picture posted of Reed with a message underneath it.

"We are deeply saddened and shocked..." the message states. "He was more than a superintendent. He encouraged everyone without judgment. He simply brought the best out in everyone -- students, faculty, staff and community. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family."

Holder said Reed was the father of three daughters.

Taglianetti had worked as an oral historian at the U.S. Marine college at Quantico, but was "between jobs right now," according to Holder.

"We had an idea through our investigation that he was back down in Virginia after the murder," he said. "We notified the law enforcement down in Virginia, and they really just spread the word out to all the agencies."

A news release from the U.S. Marshals Service, Eastern District of Virginia, states Taglianetti will be turned over to New York police officials.

Holder said a marshals task force came across Taglianetti's Buick Friday.

"They did a stop in the car, and he was in it, and that was that," he said. "This person has been caught, and I think a lot of people can rest easy that he's in custody now.

"Chautauqua County [Sheriff's Office] greatly appreciates all the work the Virginia law enforcement agencies put in. There was a lot of cooperation between New York and Virginia on this case. It's very difficult for us to manage a case from several states away."

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