Officials: Man arrested after going AWOL 45 years ago

Posted at 9:09 AM, Mar 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-22 09:11:59-04

Authorities say they've arrested a Florida man who went AWOL from the U.S. Air Force 45 years ago.

Officials say 65-year-old Linley Benson Lemburg was arrested Tuesday. He had been living under an alias, William Michael Robertson, and was located by the Marion County Sheriff's Office after military officials sought their help. 

Sheriff's authorities confirmed Lemburg's identity by comparing his fingerprints to those taken when he was enlisted. Military officials then took him to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.

Lemburg first went absent without leave in 1972. Military officials did not say where he had served in the Air Force.

ABC Action News reached out to MacDill Air Force Base for more information. They say when Lemburg went AWOL he was not working on MacDill AFB. Lemburg was brought there because that is the closest base to where he was found. MacDill will investigate and bring formal charges of desertion against him. 

Lemburg is currently being held at MacDill Air Force base. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.