The 45-year mystery of a fugitive from Phillipsburg may finally be solved

It was in the aftermath of a hurricane that William Van Scoten escaped.

It was 1972. The 43-year-old was two years into a 10-to-20-year sentence for burglary when he was assigned to a Pennsylvania prison work detail helping communities around Wilkes-Barre clean up after devastating floods from Hurricane Agnes.

Potential leads sent authorities all over the country, but it was never known where he went.

Until now.

A wanted poster for William Van Scoten, who escaped a Pennsylvania prison’s work release program in 1972. (Courtesy U.S. Marshals Service)

The U.S. Marshals Service in Scranton on Friday …read more

Source: Warren

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