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Escaped Inmate Captured 36 Years After Prison Break: Police

Police say Judy Lynn Hayman escaped from a Michigan prison in 1977

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    Judy Lynn Hayman was arrested in San Diego for escaping from a Michigan prison in 1977.

    After more than 36 years on the run, a woman who police say escaped from a Michigan prison has been arrested in San Diego. 

    On April 14, 1977, Judy Lynn Hayman escaped from the Huron Valley Correctional Facility in Washtenaw County, Mich., south of Ann Arbor.
    Then 23 years old, Hayman had been serving a minimum sentence of 16 months for attempted larceny, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections website.
    Since then, corrections officials had not given up their hunt for her, and this year, their search led them to San Diego. 
    San Diego Police officials said they got a call from Michigan corrections, telling them the address and description of a person they believed to be Hayman. 
    When police contacted her, officers said she identified herself as Jamie Lewis and had documents supporting her claim.
    However, further investigation revealed that the woman was indeed Hayman, SDPD said. 
    The now 60-year-old fugitive was arrested Monday around 3:15 p.m. at 3501 1st Street and taken to the Las Colinas jail, where she faces extradition to Michigan. 
    An SDPD officer said she admitted to being Hayman.
    The suspect's son, Aaron, told NBC 7 he is surprised and worried for his mom, though he did not confirm or deny if he knew that she was leading a double life. He is one of three sons. 
    Aaron said his mother lived a life outside her home in Hillcrest, going to PTA meeting and church. 
    A neighbor who lived next door to Hayman described her as a quiet person who seemed paranoid and kept to herself. They would talk about both being cancer survivors.
    The corrections website shows that Hayman has gone by other aliases, including Brenda Bushmer, Judy Kayman and more.