Escaped child killer missing for more than 40 years, can be ‘hiding in plain sight,’ feds say

Lester Eubanks, a convicted child killer, has escaped from the custody in Ohio on Dec. 7, 1973. Federal officials believe he can still be aliving, and could be “hiding in plain sight.”
(U. S Marshals)

A convicted child murderer who has eluded authorities for more than four decades can be to live under an alias in one of the two states, and “hiding in plain sight”, according to the federal officials.

The U. S. Marshals Service added Lester Eubanks on its “15 most Wanted List” on Dec. 7 in the hope of the termination of his 45-year stint on the lam.

“The U. S. Marshals are not deterred by the passage of time when it comes to cases like this,” U.s. Marshal Peter Elliott of the Northern District of Ohio said in a statement. “We are fed by one thing, and that is justice for a 14-year-old Mary Ellen Deener of Mansfield, Ohio, the innocent victim in this case.”

On Nov. 14, 1965, Eubanks shot and clubbed to the death of Mary Ellen in what law enforcement allege was an attempted rape. The authorities quickly identified Eubanks as the perpetrator, and he was arrested the following day and charged with first-degree murder while perpetrating 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 imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

Lester Eubanks Eubanks shot and clubbed to death for 14-year-old Mary Ellen Deener in what officials alleged was an attempted rape.
(U. S. Marshals)

But it was on Dec. 7, 1973, when Eubanks ultimately made his escape, after the prison officials took him to a shopping center in Columbus, Ohio. He was allowed to walk unaccompanied as a reward for good behavior, and then never showed at his scheduled pick-up location.

“While the Eubanks case, it is designated as a cold case, I want to ensure that the public our investigation into his whereabouts is very active,” U. S. Marshals Service, Deputy Director David Anderson said in a statement. “I have full confidence in our representatives and our law enforcement partners who are determined to ensure Eubanks’ last days are spent in a cell, where justice is the intent.”


Eubanks, who was now 75, is believed to be alive and living under an alias, according to the agency.

Investigative leads over the years to have him placed in Michigan and California, and officials said his whereabouts remains a mystery. A reward of up to $ 25,000 is available for information leading to his arrest.

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Deputy U. S. Marshal David Siler said that Eubanks may have changed his appearance, used aliases and even started a new life.

“He literally might be hidden in plain sight,” Siler said. “This is the reason why we ask citizens to be vigilant and to contact us with the information that they believe will help us understand him.”

Eubanks is described by officials as 5 feet, 11 inches tall black man with black hair and brown eyes. He also has a mole under his left eye.

At the time of his disappearance in 1973, he weighed about 175 pounds. Eubanks may be using the alias “Young Victor,” said the federal officials.

Anyone with information about Eubanks or his possible whereabouts is asked to contact the nearest U.s. Marshals office or the u.s. Marshals Service Communications Center at 1-800-336-0102.

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