GRAND FORKS — Police are looking as far away as Jamestown, N.D., for a sex offender who failed to check in with police.
A computer in the lobby of the Grand Forks Police Department is where sex offenders are required to have their picture taken and enter their data to update the registry.
"Their work, home address, vehicle registration," listed Meg Mitterling with the Grand Forks Police Department, referring to some of the data sex offenders are expected to provide.
But when the Grand Forks Police Department went to check on 27-year-old Seth Suko on Tuesday they noticed he had packed up and left. Suko is listed on the state's sex offender registry as a moderate risk, meaning he may not pose a threat to all members of the community.
Five years ago, Suko was ordered to serve three years in prison for sex crimes against a child under the age of 15. State law requires police to check on him every three months. Grand Forks police say he was in the right spot in May, and the Attorney General's website shows he updated his address with Grand Forks police in June. When Suko disappeared is unknown.
"It does happen from time to time," said Cpl. Brandon Eberhardt, who is responsible for tracking sex offenders for the Grand Forks Police Department.
There are about 2,000 sex offenders who must register with the state. As of Wednesday, Aug. 21, there were 32 labeled as missing. About a third of them have a Fargo address listed. Most of them are not considered high-risk offenders.
Failing to register is a felony, meaning they could spend several years behind bars when caught. Eberhardt said that it's hard to say how much of a threat missing offenders are to the public.
This isn't the first time Suko has vanished from law enforcement. Two years ago, he crawled under a fence at the jail in Devils Lake. It took jail staff 30 hours to discover he was missing.
A jail supervisor resigned, federal authorities pulled all their inmates from the facility and the state almost closed the jail since it was the third escape in a matter of years.
"We do have some leads right now," said Eberhardt regarding the current search for Suko.
Anyone who knows where Seth Suko is asked to call their local police department.