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Manhunt for escaped convict Lester Eubanks

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Wanted Missing Lester Eubanks

The US Marshals have announced they have added a man who escaped from prison over 40 years ago to their list of 15 Most Wanted. 

Back in November 1965, a 14-year-old Mary Ellen Denner from Mansfield, Ohio was shot and bludgeoned to death. Authorities arrested Lester Eubanks the next day and charged him with first-degree murder and attempted rape.

On May 25, 1966, a jury found Eubanks guilty of the crimes and sentenced him to death. In 1972, Eubanks’ death sentence was commuted to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

In 1973, he was allowed to go on a shopping trip because of his good behavior, but used his new gained privileges to run away.  He has not been seen since.  

The Marshals believe Eubanks is alive and living under an alias. Over the years, investigative leads placed him in Michigan and California, but his whereabouts remain a mystery.

“Lester Eubanks has had a lot of time on the lam,” said Siler. “Fugitives on the run as long as Eubanks tend to use that time to change their appearance, use aliases, and even start new lives. He literally could be hiding in plain sight. This is why we are asking citizens to be vigilant and contact us with any information they believe will help us apprehend him.”

Eubanks, 75, is a 5-foot-11 black male with black hair and brown eyes. At the time of his disappearance, he weighed approximately 175 pounds. Other unique physical characteristics include a mole under his left eye. He may be using the alias Victor Young to hide his true identity. In 2017, the U.S. Marshals released an age-progression photo (above) of Eubanks.

The service urges anyone with information to call 1-800-336-0102. Information leading directly to his arrest can earn a reward of up to $25,000.

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

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