Prisoner caught after 48 years on the run in the US

He was discovered after making a social security application

A 71-year old prisoner is fighting a move to return him from Connecticut to Georgia after spending FORTY-EIGHT years on the run.

Robert Stackowitz escaped from a prison work camp in the U.S. in 1968 - and was discovered this year after making a social security application.

He had only served two years of the 17-year sentence for robbery he was serving when he escaped from the Carroll County Convict Barracks in Georgia.

He escaped back to Connecticut  where he eventually bought a house in a small town in the west of the state. He used the alias Bob Gordon and fixed boat engines for a living.

He was caught after applying for social security benefits under his real name and the Georgia Corrections Department found out his whereabouts.