Body of 'Russell Callahan" identified as Wilbur Noe, a wanted sex offender from 13 years ago

4:26 PM, Sep 18, 2012   |    comments
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Brooksville, Florida-- A man lived the last 13 years of his life under the alias "Russell Callahan" and it wasn't until his death that officials linked him to his true identity, that of a wanted sex offender from 13 years ago.

On August 19, 2012, a man known to many as "Russell Callahan"passed away at Brooksville Regional Hospital.

Health and Human Services believed him to be Callahan, but when they attempted to use the provided birth date, May 5, 1944, and his social security number in a query, the social security number came up as invalid, reports say.

Officials also contacted Callahan's girlfriend of 11 years in an effort to confirm his identity, but even she stated that she knew him only as Russell Callahan.

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office Forensics Unit subsequently determined that "Callahan's" fingerprints could lead them in the right direction by recording something called "ridge detail", though they knew this would only work if the prints were linked to a criminal record somewhere in the United States.

Last Friday, September 14, Forensic Technician Rachel Connors responded to Brewer Memorial Funeral Home to attempt to develop prints from "Callahan's" body, and her efforts were met with positive results.

Connors reportedly obtained adequate ridge detail, and utilized the records in a computer search of multiple databases. 

A search of the local and state databases brought negative results, but a search of the national database ultimately lead the team to uncover 'Callahan's" true identity- Wilbur Noe, a wanted sex offender from Montana.

Crime Analyst Peggy Brooks uncovered that Noe had been a fugitive since a warrant for his arrest was issued in 1999.

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