On Wednesday, it was reported that Brian Dale Andrews, a Florida Highway Patrol’s most wanted suspect, was apprehended in Mexico.
Friday, Troopers say it was a case of mistaken identity.
Investigators say that following the arrest of a fugitive in Mexico on Monday, June 21st and his return to the United States on June 23rd, it was discovered by the United States Marshal’s Service that the man who had identified himself as Brian Andrews to Mexican authorities was in fact another fugitive named Ernest McBride with warrants from Arkansas and Missouri.
Despite similar physical characteristics, fingerprint comparisons performed on McBride in Texas from an Andrews’ arrest in Pensacola, Florida in 2004 confirmed the fugitive was not Andrews.
Following a June 30, 2007, fatal traffic crash that occurred at 5:35 PM along US Highway 27 just north of County Line Road near Avon Park in Polk County, Florida that claimed the lives of Danny and Patricia McCown, FHP Troopers filed charges against Brian Dale Andrews, then 29 years of age from Frostproof.
FHP Troopers continue to search for Brian Dale Andrews and anyone with information regarding his whereabouts are encouraged to contact the FHP at 813-558-1800, local law enforcement, or Crime Stoppers.
We will update this story if more details are released.
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