A Florida man is facing a desertion charge after he was found allegedly living under another name more than 40 years after he vanished from his post at a North Dakota Air Force base, PEOPLE confirms.
Jeffrey Michels, 64, was arrested on Thursday and charged with military desertion, according to a spokeswoman with the Seminole County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office.
Michels was handed over to the U.S. Air Force that same day, the spokeswoman says. He remains in custody.
On July 6, 1977, Michels failed to report to the Minot Air Force Base in northwest North Dakota, McClatchy reports, citing the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.
In the ensuing decades, he allegedly changed his name to Jeffrey Lantz, got married, had children and started a construction business in Florida.
Michels, originally from Ohio, was recently found living in Sanford, Florida, with his wife and four children, according to local