Back in March 1995 Sara Jean Rusher's husband David Lee escaped custody at FCI Estill, SC, where he was serving time for forging securities and jumping bail and went on the run with his wife.
Together they managed to evade authorities for years until earlier this month when cops got a phone call from a "Joan Piper Duncan" telling them her husband had passed away after contracting emphysemia.
But when she couldn't tell county deputy Mark Bowen his birthday or social security number, alarm bells started ringing.
And when they performed an autopsy on the man she told them was "James Gerald Amon" her hidden life completely unravelled.
As soon as they realized who he was US Marshalls went looking for her and she was later arrested at a local waffle house.
Rusher eventually admitted to her identity and will be extradited back to Greensboro to answer the charges against her.
According to Deputy Charles Brant of the marshal’s office at the time of their disappearance she was also on supervised release after serving time for drug charges.
She had transferred her release to Florida in February 1995 and then suddenly stopped checking in.
Kelvin Washington, U.S. Marshal for South Carolina stated, “The U.S. Marshals and their partnered agencies never give up on a case…ever. This case is a testament to anyone out there thinking about running from the law: your time will always run out.
"The diligence, determination, and perseverance exhibited in this case are something that the U.S. Marshals are proud of and I thank all agencies involved in working this case over the years.”