Man on lam for 56 years arrested in Brevard

Frank Freshwaters, 79, was convicted of manslaughter in Ohio

Frank Freshwaters.
Frank Freshwaters.

MELBOURNE, Fla. – A 79-year-old man on the lam for 56 years after being convicted of manslaughter was arrested Monday in Brevard County, authorities said.

Frank Freshwaters, who was living under the alias William H. Cox, was arrested in Melbourne on a fugitive from justice warrant, according to the Brevard County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said Freshwaters, of Akron, Ohio, was initially incarcerated at the Ohio State Reformatory (known as the Shawshank State Prison) and later escaped from the Sandusky Ohio Honor Farm in 1959 after serving seven months of a 20-year sentence for violating the terms of his probation in regard to a manslaughter conviction.

Authorities said Freshwaters had lived in several states working as a truck driver before settling in Brevard County. It is believed that Freshwaters has been in Brevard County for about 20 years.

A newly created Marshal's Task Force in Ohio recently reopened the investigation into the whereabouts of Freshwaters and uncovered evidence that he night be living in the Melbourne area.

The Brevard County sheriff's GAMEOVER Task Force located Freshwaters on Jones Road and arrested him.  He was taken to the Brevard County Jail on a no bond status and will await extradition back to Ohio.

Frank Freshwaters, 79.
Frank Freshwaters, 79.

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