1977 California Jail Escapee Caught in Arkansas

1977 California Jail Escapee Caught in Arkansas

Michael R. Morrow, 69, captured by deputies with the Garland County Sheriff's Office.

GARLAND COUNTY, AR - A California jail escapee is back behind bars after more than 36 years on the run.

Michael Ray Morrow, 69, who authorities say had been living in Jessieville under an assumed name, is being held in the Garland County Detention Center.

Morrow escaped from the California Institution for Men in Butte County in August 1977, where he was serving sentence of 5 years to life on a robbery conviction in Los Angeles County.

Morrow was found after federal agents developed information that he was living in Arkansas and a possible location of his residence.

He was arrested without incident and reportedly gave details of his escape from prison. Officials say Morrow had been living under the alias of “Carl Frank Wilson.” 

Some neighbors said they knew Murrow had been incarcerated before but they didn't know he had escaped prison.

"You live beside somebody for fourteen years, but you really don't know them.  You thought you knew them.  That's what's spooky," said Randy Edmonds.  

Morrow is being held on a charge of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
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