|Frank Dryman in a 1955 police mug shot.|
HELENA, Mont. — A hitchhiker originally sentenced to be executed for the 1951 killing of a Montana man who picked him up during a blizzard has been found running a wedding chapel under an assumed name in Arizona 38 years after he skipped out on parole.
Frank Dryman was found after the victim’s grandson hired an investigator who tracked the fugitive to his Arizona City notary and chapel business, where he was known as Victor Houston.
Dryman, now 78, was awaiting extradition proceedings yesterday after his arrest by the Pinal County sheriff’s office.
“I think this sends a message to other fugitives that they’re never off the radar screen,’’ said Montana Department of Corrections spokesman Bob Anez. “It’s imperative individuals be held accountable for their actions.’’