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Escaped Murderer Arrested After Television Report On Case

June 18, 1988

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) _ An escaped killer from Pennsylvania and his companion, who were arrested in Idaho after tipsters saw the case on NBC’s ″Unsolved Mysteries,″ have waived extradition.

Jon Evans Yount, 50, who escaped from the Rockview State Correctional Institution 26 months ago, was taken into custody Wednesday in his Coeur d’Alene garden, FBI agent T. C. Brock said.

His companion, Diana Brodbeck, 45, was arrested when she returned to the house that night. The two were being held on charges of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

They will remain in the Kootenai County Jail until Pennsylvania authorities arrive, probably within 10 days, authorities said.

Yount, who was living in Coeur d’Alene under the alias James Marvin Forsgren, was sentenced to life in prison for his conviction on first-degree murder and rape charges in the 1966 slaying of Pamela Sue Rimer, a student in his high school mathematics class in Luthersberg, Pa.

While walking home from her school bus stop, the teen-ager was beaten, stabbed and raped before her throat was slit.

Since Yount’s escape from an unsupervised detail at the prison farm, police have tracked leads in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Montreal and Wyoming. But they were finally tipped off to his whereabouts after Yount’s story was featured on the television program last month, Brock said.

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