Mom's Obituary Helps Feds Catch 1981 Prison Escapee

He walked away from 9-year sentence
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 13, 2018 12:18 AM CDT
Mom's Obituary Helps Feds Catch 1981 Prison Escapee
In this Aug. 6, 1980 photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Stephen Michael Paris is pictured.   (Oklahoma Department of Corrections via AP)

Investigators say a woman's obituary helped federal agents capture her fugitive son nearly four decades after he escaped from an Oklahoma prison. The US Marshals Service says 58-year-old Stephen Michael Paris was arrested without incident Thursday at an office in Houston where he worked under a pseudonym, the AP reports. The agency says investigators tracked him down after an obituary for his mother in Houston listed a son named Stephen Chavez, the same alias Paris used while living and working in the Houston area. Fingerprints confirmed his identity. Paris escaped from the Jess Dunn Correctional Center in Muskogee in October 1981 after serving about 19 months of a nine-year sentence for drug possession and distribution. (More prison escape stories.)

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