TOLEDO, OH (WOIO) - A fugitive in a Toledo murder case is in custody after more than three decades on the run.
"Great team work, perseverance and determination led to the arrest of one of Ohio's Most Wanted Escaped Murderers. We will continue to work on catching the uncatchable," said U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott.
Oscar Juarez, a.k.a. Eleasor Morales Moreno, vanished after escaping from the Marion Correctional Institution on April 2, 1978. He was sentenced to to life in prison for aggravated murder, for the 1975 shooting death of a Toledo man.
Police say Juarez successfully escaped from jail after sawing through his prison bars and cutting through a fence. Guards found that Juarez placed a dummy in his bed and covered it with blankets.
"This was one of our oldest cases that many believed to be impossible to solve. Juarez was one of our most sought after fugitives due to the measures he took to escape and evade capture and his serving of a life sentence," Ohio Adult Parole Authority Regional Director Todd Ishee stated.
U.S. Marshals tracked the 66-year-old down in Saint Paul, MN. He was arrested Thursday evening. Authorities say he managed to elude authorities for so long because he went into hiding and assumed numerous fictitious identities.