Missing Since '79, Found Living in Vegas

By Bernard Lubell
|  Saturday, Jul 23, 2011  |  Updated 7:39 AM CDT
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He was missing for more than 30 years and declared legally dead, but a former commodities broker at the Chicago Board of Trade has been found in Las Vegas working as a bookie, according to authorities.

The Nevada state attorney general's office arrested and charged Arthur Gerald Jones, 72, with fraud, burglary, obtaining and using personal identifying information of another person and possession of personal identifying information to establish false status or identity, the Chicago Tribune reported.

He'd reportedly been living under the alias of Joseph Richard Sandelli, and his arrest came after a complaint regarding the fraudulent use of a Social Security number.

Jones was last seen by his wife, Joanne, on May 10, 1979 when he drove off in a silver 1977 Buick to meet someone "on business," according to a 1979 Tribune article (.pdf).

The conditions surrounding his disappearance were labeled by police as suspicious. Police believed foul play may have been involved because of gambling debts and possible organized crime involvement, according to the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.

An Illinois court declared Jones legally dead in 1986, with Jones’ wife and three children collecting about $47,000 in Social Security benefits as result, the Tribune reported.

Jones is being held in Nevada on $20,000 bail, according to authorities.

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