One of Ohio's longest running fugitives finally arrested - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

One of Ohio's longest running fugitives finally arrested

Frank Freshwaters a.k.a. William Harold Cox arrested in Florida. (Source: FBI) Frank Freshwaters a.k.a. William Harold Cox arrested in Florida. (Source: FBI)
One of Ohio's most wanted and long sought after fugitives, Frank Freshwaters, was arrested in Melbourne, FL Monday after an extensive manhunt. 

On July 3, 1957, Freshwaters, of Akron, OH, was involved in a deadly auto-pedestrian accident. Freshwaters pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 1-20 years in prison. Initially, Freshwaters' sentence was suspended and he was given probation for five years. Two years later, on February 19, 1959, Freshwaters was found guilty of violating his probation and his original sentence of 1-20 years was imposed. 

He served time in Mansfield but quickly earned the trust of the prison officials and was moved to the Sandusky Honor Farm to finish his sentence. On September 30, 1959, Freshwaters escaped.

Freshwaters thought his luck ran out when the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office, in Charleston, WV, arrested him on the Ohio warrant in October 1975. However, the Governor of the State of West Virginia refused to extradite Freshwaters to Ohio. He was released and again went into hiding.

When the new U.S. Marshals Cold Case Unit was established three months ago, the Ohio Adult Parole Authority requested assistance on locating Freshwaters, one of their oldest cases. After weeks of investigating, the Cold Case Unit located Freshwaters living under the alias William Harold Cox in Melbourne, FL.  

Monday afternoon, U.S. Marshals in Florida arrested the 79-year-old at his home on Jones Rd. without incident. 

Freshwaters admitted his true identity, was found guilty of violating his probation and his original sentence of 1-20 years was imposed. 

Anyone with information concerning any wanted fugitive can contact the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4WANTED (1-866-492-6833). You may also anonymously text in a tip by texting the keyword "WANTED" and your tip to TIP411 (847411), or you can send a web tip at the following webpage http://www.usmarshals.gov/district/oh-n/index.html. Reward money is available and tipsters may remain anonymous.

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