A convicted murderer who escaped from an Indiana prison in 1972 had been living quietly in a small town in Tennessee for the last 30 years, the Associated Press reports. Linda Darby, 64, was arrested Friday in Pulaski, Tenn., where she was going by the name Linda Joe McElroy. Darby was sentenced to life in prison in 1970 for her husband's murder.
Pulaski police Capt. John Dickey said Darby had been “an exemplary” citizen in her new home. “There is no record of any criminal activity here whatsoever,” he said. Darby’s arrest came two weeks after the start of the Indiana Department of Correction's new Indiana Fugitive Apprehension Unit, which aids in the recapture of offenders who have escaped from confinement, fled residential programs or vanished while on parole. Since the unit's creation, two other fugitives have been identified and apprehended.