- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 26, 2003

BALTIMORE (AP) A man suspected of killing his wife and her parents died in a Virginia hospital, a day after he apparently shot himself in the head, police said.
West Virginia State Police said they found Jack Durrett, 43, in a wooded area of Pendleton County, more than 100 miles from the Anne Arundel County, Md., home where his wife and her parents were killed.
Mr. Durrett died at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville about 6:30 p.m. Thursday, hospital administrator John Bright said.
Investigators traced a cell phone to find Mr. Durrett, said Anne Arundel County police spokesman Officer Charles Ravenell.
West Virginia police used a helicopter to search highways for Mr. Durrett's Nissan Maxima. They found the car on a roadside in a rugged, mountainous wildlife and recreation area at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Franklin, W.Va., said West Virginia State Police Lt. Mark Neal. Mr. Durrett wasn't inside the car.
Police in the helicopter found Mr. Durrett about 200 yards into the woods.
"[An officer] saw what he thought was a person. He saw someone laying there by a log," Lt. Neal said. "He went down lower, and the guy didn't move and he saw that he was injured."
About 15 minutes earlier, fishermen nearby had heard a gunshot, Lt. Neal said.
Police began looking for Mr. Durrett after they found the bodies of his wife, Diana Durrett, 40, and her parents, Nathaniel and Mary Kunes, in Mrs. Durrett's Pasadena home about 1 a.m. Wednesday, Mr. Ravenell said.
The police spokesman said the three had been shot several times.
Court records show the couple, in the process of divorcing, had been fighting for custody of their 6-year-old son.
The boy was not at the house at the time of the shooting, Officer Ravenell said. Neighbors said the boy was staying with relatives.
The Kunes, from the San Diego suburb of Coronado, Calif., arrived Saturday to help their daughter through the divorce, the Baltimore Sun reported.

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