In December 2006, a patient at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital in Louisiana raised red flags for social worker Mark Monteilh. "We weren't trying to capture a criminal. We were trying to identify a patient," Mark says. The 67-year-old mystery man had suffered a severe stroke and could not speak, and his identification belonged to a deceased person from California. Mark, who worked in law enforcement for nine years, suspected the frail man was living a lie. "One of my first statements was, 'He's running from someone. He's running from something.'"
Mark asked Dr. Tim Miller to help him question the man. "I asked him if he was from California and he shook his head no. I went to the neighboring states and finally went to Nevada, and he finally shook his head yes," Dr. Miller says. After further questioning, Dr. Miller determined he was from Reno and his name was Gary.
After Dr. Miller conducted a quick Google search with the terms "Gary," "Reno," "Nevada" and "Fugitive," he stumbled across the unthinkable. "The first thing that popped up was a profile of a Mr. Gary Lee St. John who was wanted in Nevada," Dr. Miller says.
Together, the men confronted their patient. "Dr. Miller quickly asked him if his name was Gary Lee St. John and … he nodded yes. [St. John] started crying profoundly, weeping," Mark says. "We looked at each other in amazement and said we can't believe that we just caught one of the biggest fugitives in America."