NEW YORK (AP) It was a routine search, with a search warrant, at the home of a New York City sex offender and a search of his computer.
Now, more than a year later, the FBI and local police are trying to pinpoint where the manhunt ended, and where he might be.
Authorities have searched the home and computers of the 46-year-old man, identified by the Associated Press as Robert H. McNeil, in an effort to find evidence of his involvement in the killings of three men, including a former girlfriend.
They’ve also searched his car, looking for information that could lead them to his whereabouts.
But he hasn’t been located.
His case is one of thousands that have been swept up in the federal government’s effort to track sex offenders and release them back into society.
The FBI has collected more than 300,000 tips from the public and police in the United States, Canada and around the world.
More than 300 were turned in to authorities.
The bureau and New York police said they are searching for McNeil at least five times, but no one has been arrested.
They said he is believed to have escaped and has no known whereabouts.
McNeil is a former corrections officer for the city’s Bedford County jail, where he was a registered sex offender.
Authorities said he was convicted of aggravated sex abuse in 1996 and has been in prison since 2009.
The charges were dismissed and he was released in April after serving three years.
He was not immediately available for comment.
The AP was unable to reach McNeil for comment Tuesday.
Authorities said he fled the state and has not been located by authorities.
McNeill was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison in 2014 for sexually assaulting an 8-year old boy, but the conviction was later overturned.
He pleaded guilty in 2015 to sexual assault with a child and aggravated assault of a child.
McNaught was a convicted sex offender who has been locked up since 2002.
His previous convictions include one for indecent assault and two for molesting an 8 years old boy.
In 2005, McNeil pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 13-year older boy at his home in Bedford County.
He has been on parole since 2007.