Ethan Couch: Teen who is on probation after renowned Affluenza defense is missing FOUND

UPDATE: 12/28/15 –
A Tarrant county official confirmed on Monday night that Ethan had been found and was taken into custody near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  CNN said Ethan and his mother would be turned over to the US marshals service by the Mexican authorities.

UPDATE:  12/22/15 – Couch is still a fugitive along with his mother and there is a $5,000 reward being offered by authorities.  The same authorities that are so intent on capturing him they have declared it a “major case,” and the agency can use unlimited funds and pay unlimited overtime, sources told ABC News Monday.

UPDATE:  12/18/15 – The FBI and U.S. Marshals have joined together to search for Ethan.  A Texas sheriff fears his mom and him have fled the country.

“They have the money. They have the ability to disappear, and I’m fearing that they have gone a long way and may even be out of the country,” Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson said on CNN Thursday.

Today we are learning that when the police when to the home where Ethan and his mom lived, everything was cleaned out except for a pinball machine.

Original story:  Authorities are searching for Ethan Couch who is missing from Texas, and is in violation of his probably.  Couch became well-known when his attorney used “Affluenza” as his defense for a crashing into a parked car and killing four members of a family in Burleson, Texas.  His attorney stating he did not know right from wrong, so he should not be charged.  Couch who was 16 at the time plead guilty to intoxicated manslaughter in 2013 and was sentenced to 10 years probation and later rehab.

A video showed up on Twitter on Dec. 2, showing Couch near a beer pong drinking game at a party.  If an investigation proves a connection then Couch could be found in violation of his probation.

On Dec. 16, after Couch did not report in with his probation officer a warrant was issued for his arrest.  The Tarrant District Attorney stated they are “Looking into the whereabouts of Ethan and his mom, Tonya Couch.”  Couch last known address was at his mother’s home.

Tonya Couch’s missing vehicle is a black 2011 Ford F-150
pick-up truck with special Harley Davidson edition badging,
  23-inch chrome wheels and Texas license plate BC5 0945.

“We have recently learned that, for the last several days, the juvenile probation officer has been unable to make contact with Ethan or his mother with whom he has been residing,” Couch’s lawyers, Reagan Wynn and Scott Brown, said in an email to ABC News. “It is our understanding that the court has issued a directive to apprehend, to have Ethan detained because he is out of contact with his probation officer.”

Couch is now 18-years-old. When Ethan turns 19 in April, the court will hold a hearing to determine whether his case will be carried over to the adult justice system.

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Jerrie Dean, who is retired from Federal Law Enforcement, is the Founder of Missing Persons of America.

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