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1972 Prison Escapee Traced To Connecticut

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Mitlean Wright

A woman who broke out of a Pennsylvania prison in 1972, was recently tracked to Connecticut.  It was the oldest unsolved prison-escape case in Pennsylvania.  Now federal investigators say they’fe learned that  Mitlean  Wright died in New Britain in 2003, after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

wright mitlean wanted poster ap 1972 Prison Escapee Traced To Connecticut

(Credit: US Marshals Service/

U-S Marshal Marty Pane says the woman was serving a robbery sentence when she escaped.

The longtime fugitive had been living in Connecticut under the name Vernell Wright.  Her obituary said she had four children.

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