BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WIVB) — Fugitive Michael Burham has been captured in South Carolina following an extensive search that spanned multiple states, according to authorities out of South Carolina.

Burham, 34, who was wanted in connection to the alleged homicide of 34-year-old Kala Hodgkin that occurred May 11 in Jamestown, among other warrants, was taken into custody after being on the run for over a week.

“Jamestown Police have been working this case with our law enforcement partners at the local, state and federal level, since May 11, 2023, after the homicide of Kala Hodgkin,” Jamestown Police Captain Robert Samuelson said. “Through this collaboration, law enforcement agencies, across several states, were able to safely bring Michael Burham into custody. We thank the community for their tips and support throughout these past thirteen days.”

Chautauqua County DA Jason Schmidt provided News 4 with the following statement after Burham’s capture: “Mr. Burham, the criminal justice system here in New York looks forward to your safe return.”

Our sister station WCBD reported Wednesday that officials received a tip that a man matching Burham’s description was spotted behind a home in Huger, South Carolina, in the same area where officials had been searching Tuesday. After a short foot pursuit with the help of canines, Burham was found in the thick terrain.

“That couple did what the media and authorities asked them to do which was check their property. They did that and low and behold he was there,” Sheriff Duane Lewis of Berkeley County, S.C. said. “I was relieved. It’s been a long two days out here in the National Forest and all over Charleston and Berkeley County so I was relieved.”

Burham will be extradited to Jamestown to face charges, according to the FBI Buffalo. Federal prosecutors say he’s expected to appear in court on Thursday.

“Every single law enforcement team, from Buffalo to South Carolina, was determined and committed to finding this dangerous man,” said Matthew Miraglia, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Buffalo Field Office. “Burham had evaded law enforcement long enough. I am thankful no one was injured and grateful to all the law enforcement agencies that came together and of course, the community members who provided tips along the way. We all came together. Our communities are safer tonight because of those efforts.”

Law enforcement officials quickly moved search efforts to Berkeley County, where Burham was taken into custody at around 5:17 p.m.

It was reported Tuesday that a large area of the Francis Marion National Forest in Huger was saturated after officials encountered Burham, but he escaped. More reports came in overnight that he was spotted near Awendew, South Carolina and resources were then shifted there.

In addition to the alleged homicide, Burham was wanted for his alleged role in the rape and unlawful imprisonment of a woman in March in Jamestown. He also allegedly kidnapped two victims at gunpoint in Sheffield, Pennsylvania and drove them to North Charleston, South Carolina on May 20 while evading authorities.

Chautauqua County District Attorney Jason Schmidt says this will be a complicated prosecution. Charges are likely in several jurisdictions at the federal and state levels. He says Burham will mostly likely be charged with murder in the second degree, which will be the biggest charge against him.

“Sometimes other jurisdictions are very pragmatic. They look at the nature of the charges and they say ‘hey why don’t we let that go because we know New York State has the more serious charges. We’re hoping that might happen,” D.A. Schmidt said.

While Burham has no prior charges, a warrant was issued for his arrest in April, accusing him of rape. D.A. Schmidt says this was likely connected to Hodgkin’s murder.

“It appears to be very connected here. It seems very obvious that this poor girl was victimized by this individual. It’s just a real tragedy,” D.A. Schmidt added.

There is also an alleged arson in Jamestown that is connected to this case, according to Schmidt.

Adam Gorski is a Buffalo native who joined the News 4 team in 2022. You can find more of his work here.

Tara Lynch is a Buffalo native who joined the News 4 team as a reporter in 2022. She previously worked at WETM in Elmira, N.Y., a sister station of News 4. You can follow Tara on Facebook and Twitter and find more of her work here.