A most wanted US fugitive found dead in South Carolina home

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SENECA, S.C. (AP) — Investigators say one of the most wanted fugitives in the United States apparently died about four months ago in a South Carolina home.

Authorities say 70-year-old Frederick Cecil McLean had been on the U.S. Marshal Service’s 15 Most Wanted list since 2006, a year after the San Diego Sheriff’s Department issued arrest warrants and determined he was a high risk to continue attacking girls.

McLean was found dead in a home in Seneca, South Carolina, on Nov. 6 after a concerned neighbor called police and said he hadn’t been seen in a while.

Investigators say McLean died from natural causes.

Marshals are investigating whether anyone helped McLean avoid capture for more than 15 years.