Authorities: Ocala man in custody after 45 years AWOL

A man accused of deserting the military in 1972 was arrested Tuesday morning and taken to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.

  • Authorities: Man in custody after being AWOL for 45 years
  • Linley Benson Lemburg, 65, of Ocala was arrested Tuesday
  • Lemburg transported to MacDill AFB

Linley Benson Lemburg, 65, was living with his wife in Ocala under an alias, William Michael Robertson, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office, and military officials had asked the Sheriff's Office for help in finding him.

U.S. Air Force officials had been searching for Lemburg since he went AWOL 45 years ago.  

Lemburg was initially taken to the Sheriff's Office headquarters, where his fingerprints were compared with prints taken when he enlisted. 

Military officials then took him to MacDill in Tampa for further investigation.

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