Michigan Fugitive Found After Nearly Four Decades
She had been living in San Diego, and her 32-year-old son was stunned by the revelation that his mom has been on the lam:
A woman who escaped from a Michigan prison nearly 37 years ago has been found living under an alias in San Diego, police said Tuesday.
Judy Lynn Hayman, 60, was being held in a San Diego County jail awaiting extradition to Michigan, where she escaped from a prison in Ypsilanti in 1977 while serving time for attempted larceny, San Diego police lieutenant Kevin Mayer said. He did not know if she had retained an attorney, and no court date has been set.
Acting on a tip from the Michigan Department of Corrections, San Diego officers went to an apartment in the city’s Hillcrest neighborhood Monday afternoon and a woman fitting Hayman’s description answered the door.
She identified herself as Jamie Lewis and produced government documents with the name, Mayer said.
But officers remained suspicious because of inconsistencies in her story and her resemblance to the old Michigan mug shot they were holding.
“Her eyes gave her away,” Mayer said. “The eyes in the picture matched the eyes of this woman.”
The officers took her to a police station, where she eventually acknowledged being Hayman, Mayer said.
It was not clear how long the woman had been living in the home or in San Diego, Mayer said.
Her 32-year-old son had been visiting when police arrived, and officers said he appeared stunned by their questions.
“This seemed very much a surprise to him,” Mayer said.