On the Lam Since 1959

Posted at 10:12 PM, May 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-05 18:15:08-04

ORLANDO, FL. (AP) - Authorities in Florida say, a ruse to get a man's fingerprints led to his arrest as a convicted killer who escaped an Ohio prison farm and disappeared for most of six decades.

Brevard County deputies say investigators with the U.S. Marshals Service in Ohio sought help to check out the man while chasing leads about Frank Freshwaters, an Akron man who escaped in 1959. Major Tod Goodyear says they created a ruse to get the man to sign papers and then matched the fingerprints to those from the decades-old arrest.

Goodyear says they watched him for a week and confronted him Monday at his trailer near Melbourne. Goodyear says they showed him his photo from 50 years ago, asking if he'd seen that guy, and he admitted they had found him.