(KMOV.com) – There are hundreds of sex offenders in Missouri are hiding from police.
News 4 discovered there are 130 absconders on the Missouri sex offender list. Even though the list is a statewide registry, but keeping track of the list is up to local authorities.
“The biggest problem that St. Louis County has is not people refusing to come in, but lying on their registration paperwork on where they're residing," said Sergeant Al Not hum with the Missouri Highway Patrol.
Detective Andrew Whelehon is responsible for catching sex offenders who authorities have lost track of. Whelehon said they have been caught in many different parts of the country.
“Illinois, Georgia, Florida, California, Michigan," Whelehon said.
A sex offender must share a lot of information on the registry including fingerprints, palm prints, photo copy of registration for each of the vehicles they own.
Missouri Highway Patrol Sergeant Al Nothum said the number of sex offenders who don't register can fluctuate, but typically stays around 130 total on the absconders list. Nothum said offenders fail to register due to a variety of reasons, even sometimes out of laziness.
"They think it's going to go away," Nothum said, "They want to be left alone. They want their privacy, but when you do these types of crimes, you don't deserve to have as much privacy as other people."
Nothum added that while the numbers may fluctuate a bit up and down, but on any given day citizens can find a consistent number of absconders.