Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

WV State News

January 18, 2013

Police: Man found dead in Maine was W.Va, fugitive

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — Police in Waterville, Maine, say a man whose body was found Jan. 11 was a fugitive who disappeared nine years ago during his trial for firearms and drug violations in West Virginia.

Waterville Police Chief Joseph Massey said Friday that the body of 59-year-old Richard Lawson was identified through fingerprints. He says an autopsy determined he died from heart disease.

Massey told WZON-AM that it appears Lawson collapsed shortly after getting off a bus.

He says Lawson was on trial on firearms and drug charges when he disappeared in 2004. He says Lawson had family in Maine but they said they hadn't heard from him for 15 years.

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