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Coyotes key in the arrest of an Iowa fugitive

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MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) -- A pack of wild coyotes in Illinois has proved to be pivotal in the capture of an Iowa fugitive.

The Muscatine Journal reports that 21-year-old Daniel Rice is back in Muscatine County custody, facing a charge of escape in addition to other allegations. He'd been taken from the Muscatine County Jail on Monday to a Muscatine hospital for treatment of a heart-related issue. Authorities say he slipped out of handcuffs there and fled.

Early Wednesday morning deputies in Rock Island County, Illinois, were dispatched after a call about a pack of coyotes chasing two men at the Loud Thunder Forest Preserve in Illinois City, Illinois. Chief Deputy Steven VenHuizen says deputies recognized Rice when they arrived at the scene, noticing a pacemaker scar on his chest.

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