- Associated Press - Thursday, February 6, 2014

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Police say Judy Lynn Hayman’s luck ran out after 37 years on the run not because of an intense manhunt but rather two disparate factors: bad weather that kept an investigator at his desk and her distinctive eyes that had never changed since her mug shot was taken.

San Diego police arrested the 60-year-old woman Monday at her San Diego apartment after receiving a mug shot from Michigan, where an officer staying off icy roads sent fingerprint cards for all old escapees to the FBI.

Authorities had been searching for Hayman since she escaped from Ypsilanti prison in 1977. Hayman served eight months of an 18- to 24-month sentence for attempting to steal clothes from a Detroit-area store.

San Diego police say Hayman identified herself as Jamie Lewis and produced government documents with the name. Officers, however, remained suspicious because of inconsistencies in her story and her resemblance to an old Michigan mug shot they were holding.

“Her eyes gave her away,” San Diego policeLt. Kevin Mayer said. “The eyes in the picture matched the eyes of this woman.”

She acknowledged being Hayman after police took her in, Mayer said.

It wasn’t immediately clear how long Hayman had been in San Diego. But neighbors at her well-kept, nondescript apartment complex blocks from Balboa Park said she lived in the building for almost seven years.

Her 32-year-old son was visiting when police arrived, and officers said he appeared stunned by their questions.

“This seemed very much a surprise to him,” Mayer said.

Neighbors say the woman they know as Jamie Lewis kept to herself, not speaking of her past.

Hayman is being held in a San Diego County jail awaiting extradition to Michigan and is scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

Michigan authorities want her returned to the state to complete her sentence for attempted larceny. She also could face a separate criminal charge for the escape.

Lt. Charles Levens of the Michigan Corrections Department who was stuck at his desk and sent the fingerprint cards to the FBI said many police agencies had fingerprints that matched Hayman’s but under different names. He gave the information to one of his investigators, Tim Hardville, who tracked her down in San Diego.

“I said, ‘Tim, you’re going to get your girl here,’” Levens said. “There are two ways to get off our list: a death certificate or a (live) body. It’s what the state pays us to do. … If you’re a fugitive, you have an obligation to pay your debt to society.”

Hayman, using aliases, apparently had been arrested and fingerprinted in the past and the San Diego police “were familiar with her,” said Michigan Corrections Department spokesman Russ Marlan.

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