Captured within 24 hours of media blitz requesting the public’s help
Washington – The search for 15 Most Wanted fugitive Matthew Dion is over. U.S. Marshals located and arrested him at approximately 10 a.m. today at an Orange Park, Florida, hotel where he was allegedly living and working.
Dion, 39, is wanted for allegedly killing his elderly parents, Robert and Constance Dion, in March 2014 and setting their New Hampshire home on fire. On Sept. 3, 2014, the Manchester Police Department charged Dion with two counts of second-degree murder and arson. These criminal charges were in addition to an April 4, 2014, child pornography charge Dion was facing. On Nov. 22, 2014, Dion was charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, allowing the Marshals to join the manhunt.
“The arrest of Matthew Dion is a testament to the extraordinary trust and support given to the Marshals Service by the public,” said U.S. Marshals Service Director Stacia Hylton. “Their tips and information were crucial in helping us locate and arrest this malicious fugitive. I am greatly appreciative of their support and proud of the dedicated men and women who tirelessly worked on this case to ensure Dion faces justice for his heinous crimes.”
The fugitive investigation for Dion gained momentum Tuesday when the U.S. Marshals initiated a media blitz with the help of news outlets in Florida and Georgia where he was last seen. Within hours an anonymous tip helped the Marshals develop significant information about the fugitive’s whereabouts.
Today, members of the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force-Jacksonville and Tampa division, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit, and the Clay County Sheriff’s Office converged on the Astoria Hotel in Orange Park where they found Dion working. When Deputy U.S. Marshals asked him to identify himself, Dion gave the name “Cameron Bouchard,” but later gave his real name confirming he was the person they were looking for. He was then arrested and taken into custody without incident.
“Countless hours of collaborative investigative work and sheer determination have finally brought Dion to justice,” said District of New Hampshire U.S. Marshal David Cargill, Jr. “The senseless murder of Robert and Constance Dion back in 2014 remained at the forefront for everyone working this case. We hope today’s arrest brings some comfort to their friends and family.”
William “Bill” Berger, U.S. Marshal of the Middle District of Florida, agreed and reiterated the effectiveness of the U.S. Marshals’ strong law enforcement partnerships. “Dion’s capture sends a strong, clear message to anyone attempting to avoid answering for their crimes,” Berger said. “With the help of our federal, state and local partners, it’s not a matter of if we catch you; it is when.”
Dion is currently being held at the Clay County Jail in Florida awaiting extradition.