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A state audit published Monday found that Missouri police don’t know the location of roughly 1,300 registered sex offenders in the state, The Associated Press reported.
The news outlet reported that state officials determined that 794 of the 1,259 individuals who are unaccounted for fall into the most serious category of offenders, including those who committed rape or first- or second-degree child molestation.
The article goes on to state the following:
The unaccounted-for individuals make up roughly 8 percent of the nearly 16,000 total registered sex offenders in Missouri, the AP reported. The audit released Monday cited inadequate enforcement of registration requirements for the results.
A state audit finds that police across Missouri don’t know the whereabouts of nearly 1,300 registered sex offenders, including hundreds who fall into the most dangerous category —rape, sodomy or first- or second-degree child molestation. https://t.co/LKgVT6Xh7U
— AP Central U.S. (@APCentralRegion) October 1, 2018
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MO authorities don’t know the whereabouts of 1,200+ registered sex offenders, including 800 of the state's "most dangerous" offenders, according to a report released this morning. https://t.co/5pIGLYjHH2 @KMOV
— Justin Andrews (@Justin_EAndrews) October 1, 2018
State Auditor Nicole Galloway discusses audit of Missouri's sex offender registration program. Report found that local law enforcement can't locate more than 1,200 sex offenders, including more than 400 in Jackson County. pic.twitter.com/6h1XsN1lJc
— Samuel King (@SamuelKingNews) October 1, 2018
— News 19 WLTX (@WLTX) October 1, 2018
Missouri says it lost track of 1,300 registered sex offenders, including 197 in the most dangerous category, because of poor enforcement at the local level. 4,500+ are also missing current addresses in Wisconsin and Massachusetts. pic.twitter.com/D3IHs6ACP2
— AJ+ (@ajplus) October 1, 2018