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Fingerprints catch 1959 killer

1 year 7 months 14 hours ago May 05, 2015 May 5, 2015 Tuesday, May 05 2015 May 05, 2015 7:54 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Michael Marsh

ORLANDO, FLORIDA- A convicted killer who disappeared for more than 60 years was caught as police used a ruse to get his fingerprints.

Frank Freshwaters escaped a prison farm in Ohio in 1959. Deputies and U.S. Marshals created a scenario where the man they had under surveillance had to sign some papers. Then they matched the fingerprints to those from his arrest decades ago.

Authorities watched him for another week and then confronted him at his trailer on Monday near Melbourne, Florida. They showed him his photo from 50 years ago and asked if he's seen that guy and Freshwaters admitted they found him.

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