A man wanted in the slaying of a 78-year-old Florida woman was arrested Friday morning at the Pilot Travel Center off Interstate 75 near the Houston and Peach county line.
Thomas Joseph Evans, 35, of Chicago was jailed at the Houston County Detention Center in Perry on an extradition hold from the Collier County, Florida, sheriff’s office, jail records show.
Evans was arrested on an outstanding warrant for second-degree murder in the slaying of Frances K. Axley, in Naples, Florida, according to a Naples Police Department news release.
Axley was found dead in her apartment on Chesapeake Avenue at 12:34 p.m. New Year’s Day by police dispatched to conduct a welfare check, the release said. She died of sharp force injury.
Evans was taken into custody without incident at the travel center, said Houston County sheriff’s Capt. M. J. Stokes, who heads the warrant division.
The Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force for the U.S. Marshal Service assisted Florida authorities in locating Evans and helped take Evans into custody, the release said.