Ohio billboards aid hunt for treasure fugitive

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The U.S. Marshals Service is using brief alerts on digital billboards in Ohio and Florida to publicize the face of a treasure hunter who is considered a fugitive.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/11uVdXB ) reports the notices request that anyone with information about Tommy Thompson call the marshals. The billboard photos include Thompson’s assistant, also a fugitive.

A federal judge ordered their arrest last year after they failed to appear in court in Columbus. Authorities believe they had lived near Vero Beach, Fla.

The marshals are stepping up the search with billboard notices between paid advertisements.

In the 1980s, Thompson’s crew found gold bars and coins from a ship that sank in 1857. He’s wanted for failing to appear in court in one of the lengthy legal fights that followed that discovery.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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