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Pasco sex offender found in North Dakota

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TOWER CITY, N.D. (AP) -- A convicted, wanted sex offender from Pasco was nabbed by police in North Dakota after escaping from a private transport company's van.

29-year-old Joseph Megna was found hiding in a cornfield Wednesday afternoon. He escaped while being transferred from Florida to Washington state. He ran from the van during a stop west of Fargo on Tuesday.

Farmers in combines worked with SWAT team members on Wednesday, in Tower City, North Dakota to flush him from the field.

Local, state and federal officials had searched for Megna by land and by air. They believe he spent the night in a barn where he had access to a water faucet. They say he fled into the field Wednesday morning after a deputy spotted him.

Megna tells reporters he escaped because he's a vegetarian and wasn't getting enough to eat.

The 29-year-old was living in Pasco back in 2009, but on September 9th, local Tri-Cities Crimestoppers sent out a release, saying they were looking for him.