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Wayne Post
  • Sheriff provides details in Wayne killing

  • A Wayne County man was arrested Sunday, accused of killing his mother and hiding her body in the woods.



    Daniel Burkwit, 50, is charged with manslaughter. Police say Burkwit told a neighbor he killed his mother back in October and that neighbor called police, which started the investigation.

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  • A Wayne County man was arrested Sunday, accused of killing his mother and hiding her body in the woods.
    Daniel Burkwit, 50, is charged with manslaughter. Police say Burkwit told a neighbor he killed his mother back in October and that neighbor called police, which started the investigation.
    According to police, after the neighbor called to report the possible death, Burkwit confronted that neighbor about calling the police and was arrested for harassment and trespass. While he was in jail on those charges, according to court paperwork, he told another inmate that he killed his mother.
    Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts said at a press conference on Monday that Daniel Burkwit lived with his mother, Marcia, on Bonnie Castle Road in Huron for years. Investigators believe Marcia Burkwit died in October of this year.
    “Sometime between (Oct.) 20-21 during a physical altercation in the residence. Marcia Burkwit fell, breaking her neck, which led to her death,” said Virts.
    Police say Burkwit told a neighbor his mother died and the neighbor called police on Oct. 21. Deputies immediately went out to the home on Bonnie Castle Road.
    “During the investigation at the residence,” said Virts, “Daniel Burkwit led deputies to the body of his mother, which he had placed in a wooded area approximately one mile from the residence. She was bound in a blanket and covered in leaves.”
    Deputies say it was after they found the body that Burkwit confronted his neighbor about calling the police. That's when he was arrested. According to court paperwork, when Burkwit was in jail, he told an inmate he killed his mother. That inmate told police, “Dan said his mom was telling him that she was getting old and wouldn't do everything herself anymore. Dan said his mom was telling him he needed to do more around the house.”
    And that's why they were fighting, according to court documents. According to the inmate, Burkwit said his mother grabbed him and he pulled away, causing her to lose her balance and she fell down the stairs, breaking her neck. Burkwit also told the inmate he tried to do CPR, but couldn't get a pulse. According to the paperwork, the inmate told police, “He felt really bad that he killed his mom, because he said his mom was his only friend.”
    According to paperwork, Burkwit said he knew the arrest was coming and was going to leave the state. When he was released on the harassment and trespass charges, deputies said he moved to Syracuse, and that's where they arrested him Sunday.
    Burkwit is being held without bail in the Wayne County Jail. He's expected to be back in court Friday. Burkwit has a criminal record, including several driving while intoxicated convictions dating back to 1997. He also did time in state prison for counterfeit charges.
    Page 2 of 2 - Wayne County District Attorney Rick Healy said the case will be presented to the grand jury in the next 30 days.
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