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Mother’s Obituary Helps Capture 1981 Prison Escapee, In Houston

Stephen Michael Paris, 58, is said to have been living and working in Houston, until his mother’s obituary revealed his location

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

Investigators said a woman’s obituary helped federal agents capture her fugitive son, nearly four decades after he escaped from an Oklahoma prison.

The U.S. Marshals Service said 58-year-old Stephen Michael Paris was arrested without incident on Thursday. He was apprehended at an office in Houston, where he worked under a pseudonym.

The agency said 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, 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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