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For Immediate Release

September 07, 2010 DUSM Daniel DeVille, Southern District of Ohio (614) 469-5540
Arizona Fugitive Arrested After Thirty Years in Hiding

Columbus, OH - Cathy Jones, United States Marshal for the Southern District of Ohio, today announced the arrest of John Whiting in Newark, Ohio, by the Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST) and the Newark Police Department. Whiting had been wanted by the Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff’s Office for a Probation Violation. Whiting was on probation for a Manslaughter conviction and had been a fugitive since September 16, 1980.

The United States Marshals Service in the District of Arizona adopted the cold case from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office in June of 2010. During the investigation, it was learned that Whiting was living in Newark, Ohio under the alias of Gregory Pierce. This information was forwarded to SOFAST who located and arrested Whiting on the morning of September 7, 2010. Whiting is being held in the Licking County Jail pending his extradition back to Arizona.

Marshal Jones stated, “This cooperation between multiple federal jurisdictions, local and federal law enforcement authorities, and the public is the standard for the United States Marshals Service, and an integral part of making our community a safer place. The dedication and determination of the officers involved in this investigation is exemplified by the arrest of Whiting nearly thirty years to the day he absconded from Arizona.”

Columbus SOFAST is a fugitive focused, United States Marshals Service led task force consisting of local, state, and federal authorities including the Franklin County Sheriffs, Delaware County Sheriffs, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Columbus Police Department, Columbus Division of Fire, Worthington Police Department, Reynoldsburg Police Department, South Bloomfield Police Department, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, Grove City Police Department, United States Department of Agriculture, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the United States Attorney’s Office.

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