SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KMOX/AP)  — The Missouri daughter-in-law of one of Britain’s most notorious fugitives wants to claim a $158,000 reward for identifying where Edward John Maher could be found, her lawyer said Monday.

Jessica S. King, 25, has retained a Springfield law firm to pursue her claim to the reward, offered 19 years ago by a British security company, following the 1993 theft of nearly $2 million from an armored van making a bank delivery. “Based on the law and the facts of her situation, we feel she is entitled to it,” lawyer Brandon Potter, who is representing King, told the Kansas City Star.

Ozark, Mo., police and FBI agents arrested “Fast Eddie” Maher earlier this month after King tipped them off to his presence in southern Missouri. He’s being held on Missouri gun charges.  Apparently, Maher threatened King, who found out about the heist after she married his son, Lee.

King reportedly is also seeking a divorce.

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