Friday 17 January 2020

How an obituary helped police capture fugitive who spent decades on the run

Stephen Michael Paris (Photo: US Marshals Service)
Stephen Michael Paris (Photo: US Marshals Service) Newsdesk Newsdesk

A woman's obituary has helped US police capture her fugitive son nearly four decades after he escaped from an Oklahoma prison.

The US Marshals Service said 58-year-old Stephen Michael Paris was arrested without incident at an office in Houston where he worked under a pseudonym.

The agency said investigators tracked him down in Texas after an obituary for his mother listed a son in Houston named Stephen Michael Chavez. Fingerprints confirmed his identity.

Paris escaped from the Jess Dunn Correctional Center in Muskogee, Oklahoma, in October 1981. He escaped after serving about 19 months of a nine-year sentence for drug possession and distribution.

He was also featured on the Oklahoma Department of Corrections' "Most Wanted" list.

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