WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a deep-sea treasure hunter who vanished during a court fight over his $50 million haul of gold bars and coins eluded capture by living in a two-room hotel suite under a fake name, using only cash.
Authorities say Tommy Thompson and his longtime companion would leave the Florida hotel and use buses, taxis and walk around to shake anyone who might be tailing them.
Barry Golden of the U.S. Marshals Service in Miami says the pair flew under the radar for more than two years.
They were captured on Wednesday. The 62-year-old Thompson appeared in court Thursday on a criminal contempt charge. That was issued when he didn’t show up in Ohio in 2012 in a lawsuit about the gold he brought up in 1988 from a 19th century shipwreck.