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Marion County detectives track down fugitive in Woodburn

Father wanted in Texas for custodial interference


Detectives from the Marion County Sheriff's Office and state prosecutors from Texas tracked down a fugitive Friday in Woodburn.

The agencies worked together to arrest Gary Delaine Thomas, 59, on an outstanding warrant for custodial interference. Gary Delaine Thomas

Thomas reportedly fled Texas in February to avoid allowing his ex-wife full custody of their children. The mother of the children recently learned of Mr. Thomas's whereabouts and called police in Texas.

This information was given to detectives with the Marion County Sheriff's Office criminal investigations unit, who began working the case.

At about 7:45 a.m. on Sept. 25, Marion County Detective Emanie Bravo located the children who were enrolled at a school in Woodburn.

Detectives waited at the school for Thomas and arrested him as he dropped the children off for school.

Thomas was lodged in the Marion County Jail on the outstanding warrant, where he awaits extradition back to Texas.

The children were safely returned to their mother.

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