Investigators: Mother's obituary in Texas helps federal agents capture fugitive son nearly four decades after he escaped from an Oklahoma prison.

In this photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Stephen Michael Paris is pictured following his capture in Houston, Texas, Thursday, April 12, 2018, nearly 40 years after he walked away from Jess Dunn Correctional Center in Taft, Okla. (Oklahoma Department of Corrections via AP)

- Associated Press
Sunday, April 15th 2018, 21:34 pm EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Investigators say a woman's obituary helped federal agents capture her fugitive son nearly four decades after he escaped from an Oklahoma prison.

The U.S. Marshals Service says 58-year-old Stephen Michael Paris was arrested without incident Thursday at an office in Houston where he worked under a pseudonym.

The agency says investigators tracked him down after an obituary for his mother in Houston listed a son named Stephen Chavez, the same alias Paris used while living and working in the Houston area. Fingerprints confirmed his identity.

Paris escaped from the Jess Dunn Correctional Center in Muskogee, Oklahoma, in October 1981. He escaped after serving about 19 months of a nine-year sentence for drug possession and distribution.

He was also featured on the Oklahoma Department of Corrections' "Most Wanted" list.

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