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US Air Force deserter found after 35 years

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A man who deserted from the US Air Force (USAF) in 1983 has been found in California, the US military says.

Capt William Howard Hughes Jr, who had top-secret clearance, was last seen withdrawing $28,500 (£21,300) from his bank account at 19 different locations in New Mexico.

A man claiming to be Barry O'Beirne was interviewed earlier this month by officials investigating passport fraud.

Pressed on inconsistencies, the man said his real name was William Hughes.


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I remember this.  It was a fairly big deal back then because he had the secrets to star wars and whatnot.  I guess ultimately desertion is a better outcome than kidnapped by Russians during the cold war.

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