A New Hampshire fugitive on the U.S. Marshals Service’s “15 Most Wanted” list for allegedly killing his parents and setting their home on fire was arrested Wednesday in Florida after 15 months on the run.
The New Hampshire district of the U.S. Marshals Service confirmed to WBZ-TV that Matthew Dion was captured Wednesday morning in Orange Park, Fla., just a few days after the U.S. Marshals Service asked Tampa Bay area residents to keep their eyes open for the man on the agency’s Most Wanted List.
Dion, 39, was last seen in the St. Petersburg area in September, Deputy U.S. Marshal Jeffrey White had said, though his exact whereabouts were unknown.
Dion was recently named to the agency’s most wanted list. He was also wanted on a variety of charges including second-degree murder, arson, and possession of child pornography.
The case against Dion began to develop on March 24, 2014 when the Manchester, N.H. fire department responded to a fire and explosion at the home of Dion’s parents, Robert and Constance. They were both found dead at the scene.
Police say Dion strangled his parents and investigators soon found the fire had been intentionally set.
“After suppressing the fire and gaining entry into the residence, firefighters discovered the deceased bodies of the elderly couple in the basement of their home,” an email to media from the Marshals service stated. “Further evidence led investigators to determine the cause of the fire was arson, and the couple’s deaths were ruled homicides.”
Matthew Dion, marshals say, also lived at the home and was missing from the scene.
U.S. Marshals said a recent media campaign in Florida and George is what helped lead to the successful capture of Dion, prompting many residents to contact the tip line.
Dion was taken into custody at a hotel in Orange Park.