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GARLAND COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV/AP) - A man on the run from the law in California for more than 30 years has been captured in Garland County, Arkansas.
On Sept. 23, Garland County Sheriff's investigators assisted federal agents in the capture of Michael R. Morrow, a wanted fugitive from California.
Morrow had been on the run since 1977 and living under the alias of "Carl Frank Wilson" in Jessieville. He escaped from prison while serving a sentence of five years to life for two counts of first degree robbery with the use of a firearm, according a press release from the California Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).
According to an FBI affidavit, a man was arrested in Saline County, Ark., in 1984 and gave the name "Carl Frank Wilson." The affidavit says a later analysis found those fingerprints matched Morrow's.
Terry Thornton, spokesperson for the CDCR, said Morrow's 1984 arrest was made on suspicion of murder, however no charges were filed and he was released. Further details of that arrest are not known, as Saline County does not have information on the case. Thornton said since the name was different and criminal databases are not as advanced as they are today, Saline County authorities would not have known "Wilson" was a fugitive.
The case was revisited while the CDCR investigators were going through cold cases and received new leads on Morrow's whereabouts.
Morrow was arrested without incident and described details of his prison escape to Garland County authorities.