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August 03, 2014 11:48 AM

Iowa Authorities Search For Missing Sex Offender

Cherokee, IA

Authorities in northwest Iowa are searching for a man who absconded from a sex offender transition release program.

The Iowa Department of Human Services says 42-year-old Cory West did not return from his place of employment and was last seen in the Storm Lake area. Authorities say he absconded early Sunday.

West was ordered into a civil commitment program at the Cherokee Mental Health Institute in 2011, and became eligible for the transition release program in fall of 2013.

The program provides long-term inpatient treatment for violent sexual predators that have served their prison terms but are considered likely to commit further offenses.

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