After Randy Greenawalt, Raymond Tison and Ricky Tison were
captured Aug. 11, 1978 — Donald Tison had been killed in the
shootout in which the others were captured — a manhunt continued
for Gary Tison, father of the captured brothers.
Then on aug. 22, his body was found in the desert about one-half
mile from the scene of the shootout he had fled.
From the Arizona Daily Star, Aug. 23, 1978:
Corpse half a mile from
By JOHN RAWLINSON
and ARMANDO DURAZO
The Arizona Daily Star
Escaped killer Gary Tison's body was discovered yesterday half a
mile from the scene of a shootout that killed one of his sons.
The body was found about 7:30 a.m. near a chemical plant in an
area that searchers had gone through four times a week before
during an intense search for the Arizona State Prison escapee.
After an autopsy yesterday, a physician estimated that Tison had
been dead seven to 10 days. Searchers had looked in the area Aug.
11 and 15.
Pinal County Sheriff Frank Reyes said searchers may have walked
past the body without noticing it because it was hidden by dense
Tison's badly decomposed body was discovered by Ray Thomas, an
employee of the Papago Chemicals Inc. plant. The plant is four
miles southwest of the village of Chuichu on the Papago reservation
south of Casa Grande.
Sgt. Allan Schmidt, Department of Public Safety information
officer, said his office had positively identified the body as that
of Tison, 42, through fingerprints.
Dr. Thomas B. Jarvis, with the Maricopa County coroner's office,
conducted an autopsy yesterday and said he would "speculate" that
the cause of death was heat stroke because of the absence of
injuries. He said Tison did not die of a heart attack.
Thomas said he and two other employees had noticed an odor in
the area the past three or four days and, after emptying garbage
following their graveyard shift yesterday, he discovered Tison
lying face up under brush in a small wash about 100 yards from the
The three men immediately drove to a telephone and called Sells
police, who notified other law enforcement agencies.
Officials said Tison might have hidden in caves or mine shafts
after the shootout and then come out later and died of
The missing honeymoon couple
The Tison gang was still suspected in the death of the missing
couple whose van they were using at the time of the shootout.
The bodies of James Judge and his wife were found Nov. 15, 1978,
in southwestern Colorado. Family members said they were positively
identified and that the bodies showed gunshot wounds.
Harold Cardwell, warden at the Arizona State Prison at the time
of the escape, was fired. He was actually reassigned to a job as
state highway-safety coordinator. In July, 1980, he was fired from
that position as well and eventually moved back to Ohio. He had
come from Ohio in 1973 to take the prison job.
In the early morning hours of Jan. 23, 1997, Randy Greenawalt
was executed by lethal injection for his part in the murders of the
Raymond and Ricky Tison
The Tison brothers were convicted of first-degree murder for the
slayings of the Lyons family and sentenced to death. However, the
sentence was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. After many
appeals and resentencing hearings, each was separately sentenced to
life in prison without the possibility of parole for 50 years.