A state report this week revealed that the locations’ of nearly 1,300 Missouri sex offenders are unknown to authorities.
Of the around 1,259 offenders, 794 of them were considered to be serious offenders that had committed rape or first- or second-degree child molestation. The audit then went on to cite inadequate enforcement of registration as the main cause.
They now join Wisconsin and Mississippi as states that have run audits revealing serious discrepancies in the tracking of sex offenders in the states. Wisconsin had nearly 2,800 offenders without up-to-date information, while Mississippi had 14% of their registered offenders without a valid address.