Fugitive on the run for 40 years nabbed by new ID technology

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Updated: 6/26 4:24 pm

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Investigators in Iowa say facial recognition technology helped them capture a fugitive armed robber, who escaped from a North Carolina prison more than 40 years ago -- and lived under the assumed names of two boys who have long been dead.

Investigators say Ronald Dwaine Carnes, 69, was living in northeastern Iowa under the identities of two five-year-old boys who died in the 1940s. He was scheduled to appear in federal court in Iowa on Thursday to face weapons, identity theft and Social Security fraud charges.

Carnes escaped from a now-closed prison in Huntersville, North Carolina, in August 1973 and remained on the run until now.

Authorities in Iowa launched an investigation earlier this year after a man was accused of applying for Iowa driver's licenses for both of his assumed identities. Facial recognition software used by the Iowa Department of Transportation suggested the pictures were of the same person, later identified as Carnes.

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