Utah Escapee had History of Fibbing

Utah Escapee had History of Fibbing

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- The Utah State Prison escapee caught after 22 years on the run was known among his friends as a weaver of elaborate tall tales.

Lyndal Ritterbush told friends he was a Vietnam war pilot, an entrepreneur with South African business dealings and that he'd inherited a vast Montana estate.

But lawyers say he told one truth: The 62-year-old told his common-law wife that police might come looking for him.

Ritterbush was arrested in Oregon a week ago for investigation of an alleged identity theft. He was living there under his brother-in-law's name.

He fled Utah in 1985, escaping from prison while on a work detail.

A convicted sex offender Ritterbush had been serving prison term of five years to life.

Authorities will extradite him to Utah after Oregon charges are complete.

------ Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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