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WV fugitive's body found in Maine

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Police have identified the body of a man found in Maine as a fugitive who disappeared nine years ago while on trial in West Virginia.  

Police in Waterville, Maine, said the body was found January 11 and appears to be that of a man who disappeared nine years ago during his trial for firearms and drug violations in West Virginia.

Waterville Police Chief Joseph Massey said Friday that the body of 59-year-old Richard Lawson was identified through fingerprints. He says an autopsy determined he died from heart disease.

Massey told Maine radio station WZON-AM that it appears Lawson collapsed shortly after getting off a bus.

He says Lawson was on trial on firearms and drug charges when he disappeared in 2004. He says Lawson had family in Maine but they said they hadn't heard from him for 15 years.