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The Associated Press

BRAZORIA, Texas --
A convicted killer who escaped from a prison days before Hurricane Ike slammed the Texas coast and took advantage of the post-storm confusion has been recaptured.
Prison officials said Marlow Wayne Reynolds was caught Sunday evening in the woods near this Gulf Coast town about 25 miles from the Stringfellow Unit in Rosharon, where he escaped Sept. 9 by climbing a fence at a prison recreation yard.
Reynolds spent nearly three weeks on the lam in part because he escaped as most residents were evacuating Brazoria County and authorities were diverted to storm duty. That left the Texas Department of Criminal Justice alone in the search for the fugitive.
The first clue that Reynolds had survived Ike's punishing winds and flooding came Sept. 22, the day before his 55th birthday, when a video surveillance camera in a convenience store showed him buying a gallon of water.
On Saturday, a Brazoria police officer stopped Reynolds but let him go after Reynolds provided a fake name, said John Moriarty, inspector general of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. That same day, witnesses said they spotted Reynolds running into the woods near Brazoria.
He was finally found about 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Officials said he was hiding in what is believed to be an old dynamite hole in a heavily wooded area near the San Bernard River.
Reynolds was locked up in December 2004 on a 40-year term for murder, possession of a prohibited weapon and tampering with physical evidence charges from Liberty County. The offenses occurred in September 2003.

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