1959 Ohio Prison Escapee Arrested In Florida

1959 Ohio Prison Escapee Arrested In Florida (Image 1)

(WKBN) – A man who escaped from the now closed Mansfield Reformatory in Ohio was arrested this week in Florida.

The Gameover Task Force arrested Frank Freshwater, 79, at a home on Jones Road in Melbourne, Florida.

Police tracked Freshwater down after receiving information the Cold Case Unit of the U. S. Marshal’s Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force that Freshwater may be living in the Melbourne area.

Freshwater was initially incarcerated at the Ohio State Reformatory, which was the prison used in the filming of the 1994 film “The Shawshank Redemption.”

He later escaped a Sandusky Ohio honor Farm in 1959 after serving seven months of a 20-year sentence for violating the terms of his probation in connection to a manslaughter conviction.

Living under the alias of William H. Cox, Freshwater lived in several states, working as a truck driver before settling in Brevard County.

The newly created task force in Ohio recently reopened the case and uncovered evidence of Freshwater’s whereabouts.

He is currently being held in the Brevard County Jail awaiting extradition.

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