The decomposing physique of a fugitive needed for alleged sexual assault of a kid was present in South Carolina, the place he had been dwelling for greater than a dozen years below an alias, based on the U.S. Marshals Service.
Frederick McLean, 70, was positioned on the “15 Most Needed” checklist of fugitives by the Marshals in 2006. He was found useless at a Seneca house on Nov. 6 when a involved neighbor checked on him after he was not seen for weeks, the Marshals mentioned Friday in a press release.
McLean was needed by the San Diego Sheriff’s Division on a number of counts of sexual assault of a kid and he was recognized as “excessive threat for sexually assaulting younger women,” the Marshals mentioned.
He allegedly assaulted one sufferer, who’s now an grownup “greater than 100 instances” for a couple of two-year interval starting when she was 5-years-old, based on the Marshals.
An arrest warrant was issued for him in 2005.
“We want McLean’s destiny had been decided by a courtroom of legislation 15 years in the past,” U.S. Marshal Steve Stafford of the Southern District of California mentioned within the assertion.
“The investigators engaged on this case by no means gave up,” Stafford mentioned. “We hope McLean’s dying brings some sense of closure for the victims and their households, particularly understanding he can by no means damage one other youngster.”
McLean’s physique was discovered on the house the place he lived for 15 years below the alias James Fitzgerald. The Marshals mentioned he was positively recognized following an post-mortem on Nov. 15, when a fingerprint was in comparison with recognized fingerprints for McLean.
No foul play is suspected in his dying, officers mentioned.
McLean’s case is ongoing to find out if he obtained any assist to elude seize, the Marshals mentioned.
Throughout his years on the lam, McLean used a number of aliases and in addition lived in Poughkeepsie, New York, and Anderson, South Carolina, Stafford mentioned.
“Due to his alleged crimes, we’re involved there could also be different victims on the market,” he mentioned.