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Mar 14, 2014 5:34 PM

Most Wanted Army Escapee Captured after 37 Years on the Run

FLORIDA - One of the U. S. Army's "15 most wanted" fugitives on the run since he escaped from a military prison in Kansas in 1977 was arrested in Florida.

James Robert Jones, now 59-years-old, was convicted of murdering a fellow army private by a military court in 1974. Three years later, he escaped from a maximum security prison in Fort Leavenworth.

After 37 years on the run, U.S. Marshals found him by running an old prison picture in their facial recognition database and found a match.

"the U. S. Marshals put his prison photo into the facial recognition database, and that database, it hits on a number of key points on your face, and it gives a number of potential matches, and it came out with one potential positive match," says Barry Golden of the marshals service

Jones was using a friend's name and had modified his mother's birthdate for his own purposes.

His wife is just learning who he really is. She told reporters she doesn't know anything.

According to authorities, Jones said he knew the army would catch up with him eventually.


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