TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) – William Kimmick, wanted in Vermont for questioning about the death last month of his ex-wife, has turned himself in to authorities in southern Taiwan, police said Tuesday.

Kimmick, 36, is wanted by police investigating the killing of his former wife, Kathryn, last month in the Vermont town of Bethel.

Kimmick, accompanied by a Taiwanese friend, turned himself in Sunday night at a police station in the resort town of Kenting, said a police officer, who asked not to be identified.

“He refused to say anything about the homicide case,” said the officer, adding that Kimmick “looked calm, not a bit jittery.”

Vermont State Police Lt. David Tetrault said Tuesday that the FBI office in Guam would arrange Kimmick’s extradition to the United States. He said he did not how long the extradition process would take.

Tetrault said Kimmick had a connection to Taiwan, but he wouldn’t say what that connection was.

“We can’t comment on that at this stage,” Tetrault said. “He’s our main suspect.”

After the body of Kathryn Kimmick was found, police said they believed that William Kimmick had left the country. Tetrault wouldn’t say if police knew he had gone to Taiwan.

Kimmick is believed to have arrived in Taiwan on Jan. 25, the bureau said.

Police have not released the cause of Kathryn Kimmick’s death.

Last November, William Kimmick moved into an apartment that his ex-wife was sharing with their two sons.

His ex-wife was last reported seen on Jan. 18 getting into the passenger side of a small red Plymouth, U.S. police have said.

Before he turned himself in, William Kimmick was last reported seen on Jan. 20 leaving the apartment building with a knapsack, after seeing his sons off to school at a bus stop, police in Vermont have said.

He phoned a neighbor later that day and asked him to pick up the boys from school because he was delayed returning from an interview. The boys are now in the custody of Vermont’s Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services.

On Jan. 23, state police searched Kathryn Kimmick’s apartment and her black Jeep Cherokee parked outside. The next day, police recovered her body and called her death highly suspicious.

AP-ES-02-10-04 1421EST



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