'Dead' fugitive found alive in Alabama

by Craig Rickert bio | e-mail

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - He was dead, or at least, that's what Paragould native Timothy Dehart wanted everyone to believe. But not the U.S. Marshals, who arrested Dehart Thursday in Centerville, Alabama.

Dehart was wanted by U.S. Marshals on federal charges of bank fraud. Federal authorities tell Region 8 News that a missing person report was filed by Dehart's wife on September 16th, 2004 in Gulfport, Mississippi. That was the same day Hurricane Ivan made landfall on the gulf coast.

Marshals say Dehart's boat was found in the waters off the coast with no one at the wheel. No body was ever recovered.

Over the next five years, reports surfaced that Dehart was alive and living under another name. Authorities recently got a tip on the local Crimestoppers tipline that said Dehart was living in Centreville, Alabama under the name Chris Sullivan.

U.S. Marshals say that tip was right on. When Dehart was arrested, Marshals say he was working as the manager of the Bibb County Airport. That is where his life flying under the radar came to an end.

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