Missing Sex Offenders In Eastern Carolina

Sex offenders convicted of rape and indecent liberties with children are among the dozens and dozens of registered sex offenders in eastern Carolina who's whereabouts are unknown.

All sex offenders are required by law to register where they live. Those addresses are available for anyone to check on the state's sex offender registry.

The state's registry currently shows law enforcement unable to verify addresses for 55 sex offenders in eastern Carolina. Twenty of those are in Wayne County.

Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders says keeping up with where sex offenders live all gets down to manpower. He compared it to the probation and parole system, currently under fire after a report on the News & Observer discovered since the start of 2000, 580 offenders have killed while on probation. Probation officers can't locate nearly 14,000 criminals.

Winders say one possible solution that has been talked about before for sex offenders is ankle bracelets, kind of like GPS to track them. Winders says he thinks that may be appropriate for some, but not all sex offenders. Other counties like Beaufort go to a sex offenders residence four times a year to make sure they're still there. That's in addition to certified letters the state sends out twice a year.

To check on missing sex offenders in your county just click on the link below to the state's sex offender registry Put in your county and the list of sex offenders will pop up. Those who's address is listed as unknown are currently unaccounted for.

Here's a look at the counties and the number of sex offenders listed with an unknown address in the state's sex offender registry:

Wayne 20

Pitt 6

Onslow 6

Halifax 4

Pasquotank 3

Craven 3

Duplin 2

Edgecombe 2

Northampton 2

Beaufort 1

Bertie 1

Carteret 1

Currituck 1

Gates 1

Lenoir 1

Nash 1

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  • by Mary Location: Bridgeton on Apr 3, 2009 at 02:43 AM
    You can also wind up on the registry if you are within a year of the underage person. Obviously this happens more often to young boys than girls. But it sticks with them a long time wether it was consensual or not. (If not, they should be in for rape and on the registry.) But a 17 year old and 15 year old both willingly having sex, wether he knew her age or not, is nothing like some 20, 30, or 40 something having sex with a 8 year old.
  • by guess what Location: Raleigh NC on Mar 16, 2009 at 02:45 PM
    If these sex offenders are missing we either have a serial killer or somebody ain't doing their job! What we don't need is excuses.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Mar 7, 2009 at 11:39 AM
    It is all well and good to have a registry of sex offenders, to know if they are in your neighborhood. Why isn't there a registry of people convicted of home robbery, I'd much rather have a list of those to see if I need to watch them. I guess priorities are up to others.
  • by SOMEONE Location: SOMEWHERE on Mar 6, 2009 at 03:05 PM
    To Duh and Duh 2 ,,,Learn the Law or shout your country mouth.All sex offender are not for messing with a kid. There are dif. Levels. So go back to school and learn something.
  • by Duh? Location: NC on Mar 6, 2009 at 01:32 PM
    And since these innocent people were tricked into having sex with an underage person, please, let's hear your thoughts on the appropriate age limit for consent?
  • by Duh? Location: NC on Mar 6, 2009 at 01:27 PM
    If you engage in a sexual act of any kind with a person 15 years of age or younger, YOU ARE A SEX OFFENDER. Doesn't matter if the kid lied about their age or not. Do they work, have their own place, drive a car? But I'm sure conversation was not at the top of the list at the time.
  • by Sandra Location: Phoenix on Mar 6, 2009 at 12:11 PM
    I must agree the judicial system is unbalance and if you are not rich you have no say so; money talks. This is why people go postal and I don't blame them at all.
  • by SOMEONE Location: SOMEWHERE on Mar 6, 2009 at 11:30 AM
    To Washington,,,, THANKS,,READ THESES COMMENTS Witn.Some people out there do care. The man I am talking about have suffer for 11 years,when and where does it stop.He had a nice House,A wife,and a good job. He lost it all because someone told a lie.They even came forward later and said they lie.IT DID NO GOOD.Now this man works hard for $200.00 a week because that is all he can get with this over his head. He went to prison for 4 years.They told him after 10 years if he stay out of trould he could get off the register.All A lie,no lawyer will stand up for someone who is in the right. They are under the jude's hand. YOU KNOW,,,MAKE ME FAT AND I WILL MAKE YOU FAT.You know what,,,I am going to stop here because the law of this state is not right and the lawyers don't want to help a good person,,Just the bad ones. But hear this,,,ONE DAY GOD WILL SEE THE WRONG..Think about this---CAN YOU TAKE THAT DIRTY MONEY WITH YOU. They don't use money down there.
  • by Washington Location: Mother on Mar 6, 2009 at 11:10 AM
    Someone I agree with you. This is where the judicial system has let him / her down and labeled them wrongly. I have a friend of mine who went through this very thing many years ago and now this sits on his record and it is because the mother of the girl lied. Everyone knew it including the judge but the laws then were different than now and the judge gave him a sentence of 6 months in jail and probation after that time was served. He knew the mother and my friend was not the first one she had done this too. He is a good man and provider but has to work himself to death because he can't get many jobs that are available to others with out this cloud of darkness over them. Our prosecutors have a tendacy many times to jump to conclusions without the facts and the media doesn't help matters much of the time.
  • by SOMEONE Location: SOMEWHERE on Mar 6, 2009 at 11:09 AM
    To witn,,,you do storys on people who should be on the register,,,WHY not take time to do a story on the people there that should not be there. I can point one out to you if they agree.They been on there for a few years and I know for a fact they don't belong there.They are there because they were poor and the Juge,Laywer,and the LAW all work together.
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