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Father captured in death of family

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NEWPORT, Ore. — A man on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted" list for allegedly killing his wife and three children was returned to Oregon after his capture at a Mexican resort.

Bail was set at $2.5 million late Tuesday for Christian Michael Longo, 27, who was being held in Lincoln County Jail.

He was to be arraigned Wednesday on charges of aggravated murder in the deaths of his wife, 34-year-old MaryJane, and children Zachary, 4, Sadie Ann, 3, and Madison, 2. Their bodies were found in shallow coastal waters in Oregon last month.

Longo arrived in Oregon on Tuesday night on a commercial flight to Portland from Houston, where he was initially held after his arrest Sunday in Tulum, Mexico, a resort town about 60 miles south of Cancun.

Longo, who fled to Mexico using a stolen credit card and identification, waived extradition.

"He knew eventually he would have to go back," said Jeff Ludwin, Longo's court-appointed attorney in Houston. "He seemed very alert and was aware of the charges against him."

Lincoln County District Attorney Bernice Barnett said Monday she had decided whether she would seek the death penalty, but she refused to disclose her decision.

The bodies of Longo's family were found in coastal inlets in Waldport and Newport between Dec. 19 and Dec. 27.

Longo fled on Dec. 27 from San Francisco International Airport to Mexico, where he first stayed at a youth hostel in Cancun and then moved to a beach camp in Tulum around Jan. 7.

The FBI placed Longo on its "Ten Most Wanted" list Friday. A Montreal woman noticed his picture and remembered having seen him at a hostel in Cancun between Dec. 27 and Dec. 29.

Longo, who owned a construction cleaning business in Ypsilanti, Mich., moved with his family to the Newport area about three months before the bodies of his wife and children were found.

They reportedly left behind $60,000 in debts. Longo is named in six lawsuits seeking more than $30,000 and is wanted on two warrants in Michigan for probation violation and a larceny charge.