Lockport, NY (WBEN) -- A nationwide search for a convicted sex offender from Dunkirk ended in a mobile home in Tucson, Arizona. Fugitive Paul Turley was run to ground by U.S. Marshals after a month of pursuing leads that took them across the country.
At a news conference Saturday, investigators for the Niagara County Sheriff's Department and U.S. Marshals described how they followed leads on Turley's whereabouts to Wisconsin, Michigan, New Mexico -- and eventually, Arizona.
Turley and his wife, Diana, were found holed up in the mobile home of an acquaintance. They are in the process of being returned to Western New York.
Last month, the 47-year-old Turley fled in the middle of his trial, which eventually would find him guilty of molesting two young girls in North Tonawanda between 1996 and 2003, beginning when they were 5 years old. All defendants are asked to sign a document allowing the trial to continue even in his absence, and Turley had signed such a document.
Turley could now face 39 years in prison, when he is sentenced on the child sexual abuse charges.
Diane Turley will be charged with felony count of hindering prosecution, according to WIVB-TV. She also was arraigned in Arizona Friday.