CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Ten years after a woman's body was found in Greenbrier State Forest, authorities have obtained a warrant charging her husband with the crime.
State Police notified authorities in Waynesboro, Va., on Friday that a warrant charging Thomas Neal Tait, 52, with first-degree murder would be served on him at Middle River Regional Jail in Staunton, Va. Tait is already awaiting sentencing for possession of child pornography.
Tait, a Waynesboro resident, was arrested in July 2012 and charged with 20 counts of possession of child porn, according to a news release issued by Waynesboro police.
Police found evidence Tait possessed child porn in April 2011 when they searched his home while investigating allegations of child sexual abuse. Media outlets reported he had more than 80,000 images of child porn on his computer.
Tait was convicted in September of this year and is facing a possible 100-year sentence.
It wasn't until investigators began looking into Tait's past regarding the child porn charges that the remains found in West Virginia were identified as his wife, Karen Santillan Tait.
Philippine-born Karen Santillan married Thomas Tait in the Philippines in 1998 and legally emigrated to the U.S. in 2000. She gave birth to a child later that year, and the family lived in Waynesboro until 2002 when Karen went missing.
When investigators asked Thomas about Karen's whereabouts, he told them she left him and he presumed she went back to her family in the Philippines. He said she had no contact with him or their child since.
The child remained with Thomas until the arrest.