- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 15, 2002

One of the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted" fugitives was arrested over the weekend when a man accused last month of killing his wife and three children and disposing of their bodies in the Pacific Ocean was captured in Mexico, FBI officials said.
Christian Longo, who was placed on the Most Wanted list on Friday, was taken into custody by FBI agents and Mexican authorities in the outskirts of Cancun. Mr. Longo was later transferred to Houston, where he was being detained in jail pending court hearings.
When named on the Most Wanted List, Mr. Longo, a native of Iowa, was said to be "considered armed and extremely dangerous and an escape risk." He often used aliases, including Christopher Longo, Chris Longo, Christian M. Longo, Jason Joseph Fortner and John Thomas Christopher.
Mr. Longo, 27, is accused of killing his wife, MaryJane, 34, and children, Zachary, 4, Sadie Ann, 3, and Madison, 2, then dumping their bodies into two Pacific Coast inlets. Mrs. Longo's father, Jim Baker of Traverse City, Mich., said police provided no details but notified family members early yesterday that their son-in-law had been arrested.
Mr. Baker told reporters that the delay in capturing Mr. Longo had been difficult for his other children.
"I was so busy taking care of things about my daughter that I'd pretty much blocked out thinking about him but my kids wanted him caught. They wanted him to pay for what he did to our family," Mr. Baker said. "I knew they'd get him eventually. I feel very good about it."
It is not immediately clear whether U.S. prosecutors have agreed not to seek a death penalty in the case. Since it has no death penalty of its own, Mexico generally does not extradite people who face a possible death sentence.
In previous cases, prosecutors have had to assure Mexican authorities that the United States would not seek a death penalty before Mexico would extradite the fugitive.
The killing of Mrs. Longo and the couple's three children surfaced Dec. 19 when a child's body a boy was spotted floating in a coastal inlet near Waldport, Ore. No one claimed the child. A second body, a little girl, was found in the same shallow inlet three days later.
On Christmas Eve, a tip led investigators to Michigan, where family members identified the children as Zachary and Sadie Ann. Their parents had moved to the Newport, Ore., area from Ypsilanti, Mich., about three months earlier, authorities said.
The bodies of Mrs. Longo and Madison were found two days later in a marina in Newport. Authorities charged Mr. Longo with aggravated murder and began a nationwide manhunt.
Federal authorities believe Mr. Longo flew to Cancun from San Francisco International Airport on Dec. 27 using a stolen credit card and identification. The Dodge Durango that Mr. Longo is suspected of stealing from an Oregon car lot was found at the airport in early January.
Authorities said Mr. Longo had been spotted in San Francisco twice in late December, and spent two nights in a city youth hostel.

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