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U.S. Marshals Add Convicted Murderer, Prison Escapee to 15 Most
Fugitive List
Reward of up to
$25,000 offered for information
directly leading to fugitive’s arrest

Jose Bustos-DiazWashington,

– The U.S. Marshals intensified their search for a
convicted murderer who escaped from a Texas prison in 2010.

Jose Bustos-Diaz, 32,
has landed on the Marshals’ 15 Most Wanted fugitives list, and
authorities are asking the public for information that could lead to
his arrest.

“Jose Bustos-Diaz poses a significant threat to the
public as a fugitive who was convicted for murder and sentenced to
35 years in prison in a court of law,” said U.S. Marshals Service
Director Donald Washington. “We added Bustos-Diaz to our 15 Most
Wanted fugitive list because locating and apprehending this violent
escapee is a top priority, and we will use every available resource
to bring him to justice.”

In 2005, Bustos-Diaz pled guilty to murdering a woman
whose body was found beaten and stabbed multiple times. He was
sentenced to 35 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice
(TDCJ). On April 6, 2010, Bustos-Diaz escaped from the TDCJ Dolph
Briscoe Unit through a hole in a fence with a fellow inmate, Octavio
Ramos-Lopez. An arrest warrant was issued for both men, and local
authorities contacted the U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task
Force to assist with the manhunt. The fugitive investigation into
the whereabouts of the escapees led authorities to a residence in
Reynosa, Mexico. With the assistance of Mexican authorities,
Ramos-Lopez was arrested and returned to the U.S., but Bustos-Diaz
eluded capture and remains on the run.

“We will leave no stone unturned until Jose
Bustos-Diaz is back behind bars,” said U.S. Marshal Susan Pamerleau
of the Western District of Texas. “Bustos-Diaz was serving a 35-year
sentence in prison before his escape. With the public’s help and our
investigative resources, he will finish that sentence.”

Bustos-Diaz is a 5-foot-8 white/Hispanic male
weighing approximately 160 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.
His unique physical characteristics include facial acne scars and
tattoos of a heart with a cross on his left hand, and the name
“Vanessa” on the inside of his left wrist and the name “Lizeth” on
the inside of his right wrist.

A reward of up to $25,000
is being offered by the U.S. Marshals for information leading
directly to his arrest. Anyone with information is urged to contact
the nearest U.S. Marshals office, the U.S. Marshals Service
Communications Center at 1-877-WANTED-2,
or online via the web or an app at

Wanted Poster

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about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at



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