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September 17, 2012

Snyder County fugitive fled to Alaska

MIDDLEBURG — Kurt J. Keiper allegedly ran off to Alaska immediately after pleading guilty in Snyder County Court in late January to bilking $340,000 from a people.

That’s according to his wife, Jessecca, 30, who told a La Plata County, Colorado, sheriff deputy Barry Brandon about Keiper’s whereabouts as a fugitive after he was caught living in the southwestern part of the country on Sept. 7.  

In a court document, Brandon describes how an anonymous tip led him to Keiper, 41, of Middleburg, who was wanted on a fugitive charge in Snyder County for failing to show up a March 16 protection-from-abuse hearing filed by his wife. The PFA was granted.

He also failed to appear at an April 5 sentencing hearing on the theft charges.

When Brandon arrived at the traffic stop in Vallecito, Colorado, where Keiper was being detained, he saw Keiper was in the company of his wife and their two children. The PFA she had obtained was still in effect.

Jessecca Keiper told the deputy that her husband had lived in Alaska from January until March under two aliases he had from fishing licenses, Kenny Klaus and David Henry, court records said.

She said Keiper arrived in Bayfield, Colo., in March and she came out to live with him in April.

Keiper confirmed his wife’s statements about his whereabouts and said he got in touch with her by telephone through a mutual friend in March, according to court records.

Keiper was taken into custody for violating the restraining order. He is being held without bail in Colorado awaiting an extradition hearing.

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