Strangulation suspected in death of Weber City woman

Rain Smith • Jun 4, 2018 at 3:23 PM

GATE CITY, Va. — Murder charges are pending against a Scott County man whose wife was found dead in their home early Saturday morning.

Jason S. Borders, 43, was arrested later that day after crashing his vehicle in Hawkins County. On Monday morning, he appeared in Hawkins County court and waived extradition back to Virginia.

By Monday afternoon, Scott County Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Dan Fellhauer was driving back from Roanoke and an examination of the body of Eva Marie Borders, 41.

"My preliminary discussion with the medical examiner leads us to believe death by strangulation," Fellhauer told the Times News. "We'll be making decisions on all the charges Borders will face, including murder."

Borders is currently charged with felony counts of abduction, child neglect and assault on a child. They were leveled after a neighbor called police to the Borders' Charleston Street home shortly before 5 a.m. Saturday.

Weber City Chief of Police Michael Delano reportedly found a "distressed" juvenile in the residence and Eva Borders deceased. Fellhauer says that through collaborative efforts of the Scott County Sheriff's Office, the Virginia State Police and U.S. Marshals, investigators started tracking Jason Borders' cell phone and places he visited, then obtained warrants for crimes against the child.

Law enforcement issued alerts to the public that they were looking for Borders and called his wife’s death "suspicious." Borders was arrested after crashing on Stanley Valley Road.

Fellhauer said he expects Borders to be transported back to Scott County in the coming days. Exactly what charges he will face in the alleged murder of his wife have yet to be determined.

"This was one of the most coordinated efforts we've had," Fellhauer said of the multiple agencies assisting in the case. "This is the way we like to do it."

Investigation into Eva Borders' death and a possible motive are continuing.

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