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One of FBI’s Most Wanted Fugitives Found in Jail Under False Name

February 4, 1988 GMT

GRETNA, La. (AP) _ A fingerprint check has revealed that one of the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted fugitives, a self-described mountain man charged with murder in Washington, has been jailed here since December under an alias, the FBI said.

Darren Dee O’Neall, 27, gave the name John Mayeaux when jailed Dec. 30 after his arrest Oct. 25 in Lakeland, Fla., on a Louisiana stolen car warrant, said New Orleans FBI spokesman Cliff Anderson.

The car was reported stolen in September, along with $500 and other valuables owned by a Harvey woman, Anderson said.

He said a routine fingerprint check by the Jefferson Parish sheriff’s department Wednesday showed O’Neall’s true identity.

O’Neall was charged with murdering Robin Smith, 21, of Des Moines, Wash., a Seattle suburb. Her remains were found last May near Greenwater, Wash. She was last seen alive at O’Neall’s residence near Tacoma, Wash., after other guests left an all-night party there.

Idaho and La Grande, Ore., officials want to question O’Neall about the death of Lia Elizabeth Szubert, whose body was found last June in La Grande after her car broke down on an Idaho highway.

Police in Bellingham, Wash., want to question O’Neall about the disappearance of Wendy Aughe, 29, who was last seen with a man identified as O’Neall as they left a bar April 25. She is presumed dead.

Salt Lake City police want to talk with O’Neall about the murders of Christine Gallegos, Carla Maxfield and Lisa Strong in 1985 and 1986.

Anderson said O’Neall has used many other aliases, including Mike Johnson, Jerry Macranahan and Larry Sackett.

Lt. Bob Garner, a spokesman for the Jefferson Parish sheriff, said it was premature to discuss the possibility of extradition.