Steven Michael Paris is pictured, at left, in August 1980 when he was processed into the Oklahoma Department of Corrections following a conviction on drug charges. Paris, then 22, escaped from prison in Muskogee 19 months later. Now 58, Paris was captured Thursday, April 12, 2018, by U.S. Marshals after his mother's obituary listed him by the alias he was living and working under in Houston.
Crystal Bonvillian, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
An Oklahoma fugitive was caught in Texas Thursday morning after 37 years on the run, and law enforcement officials are crediting an obituary with leading them to him.
Stephen Michael Paris was 22 years old in 1981 -- and 19 months into a nine-year sentence on a drug conviction -- when he escaped from the Jess Dunn Correctional Center in Muskogee. According to the U.S. Marshals Service, the case was adopted by agents there about six weeks ago.
Agents discovered an obituary for Paris’ mother, Joann Rahimi, who lived in Houston before her death on Easter Sunday. The obituary lists Rahimi’s family, including a son, Steve Chavez.
They tracked down the name and found that Paris, now 58, was living and working under that alias in Houston, the Marshals Service reported. He was taken into custody without incident Thursday at his office.