Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 2, 2012

It's hard to hide if you're 6-feet-6

HAVERHILL, Mass. — People that stand 6-feet-6 stand out in a crowd. That’s bad if you are wanted for walking away from a minimum security correctional facility and police are trying find you.

Police Patrolman Kevin Lynch had to look twice to make sure his eyes weren't deceiving him when he spotted John Joseph Farley walk into a drugstore late one night this week.

Lynch confronted the suspect, who admitted he was the wanted man. Farley then gave in to police without resistance.

He had walked away from the prison grounds earlier in the day. Farley will be returned to New Hampshire, where he was serving time for robbery.

Authorities said he’ll probably be assigned to a more secure compound.

"It's fair to say he'll be back and behind the walls until this is all resolved," said Michael McAlister, director of field services for the New Hampshire Department of Corrections.

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Details for this story were provided by The Eagle-Tribune in North Andover, Mass.)

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