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FBI Says It Has Man Wanted in Slaying of Postmistress

January 8, 1985

BEAR BRANCH, Ky. (AP) _ A fugitive sought in the slaying of an Elgin, Ohio, postmistress was apprehended today at the home of a relative in this mountain community, the FBI said.

Lanny Gibson Jr., 34, who has been convicted of three murders and was awaiting trial on a fourth when he escaped from an eastern Kentucky jail last September, was found hiding in a false ceiling in the attic of the house, said Bill Cheek, an FBI spokesman in Louisville.

Authorities had received a tip on Gibson’s whereabouts, Cheek said.

The fugitive’s brother-in-law, Stanley Holland, 28, and brother, Arnold Gibson, 46, were charged with harboring a federal fugitive, and Arnold Gibson was charged with violating a federal weapon’s law, Cheek said.

All three were to be driven later today from Leslie County to Lexington for a preliminary hearing before a federal magistrate.

Lanny Gibson has been sought by Ohio authorities in the 1982 slaying of Betty Jane Mottinger, 48, a postal employee who was kidnapped, tortured, raped and murdered, Cheek said.

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