The Case Of A Fugitive Sex Offender Is Solved After A Dog Brings Home His Skull
In September of this year, Carly the Dog got out of her family’s yard for a while. When she came back, she brought with her a human skull. Meanwhile, the U.S. Marshals were on the lookout for a convicted sex offender who had been on the lam. Today, officials announced that DNA analysis revealed that the human skull belonged to the missing sex offender; case closed.
Kevin Patrick Stoeser was just weeks away from completing his sentence, according to USA Today, when he fled from a halfway house. The former U.S. Army soldier was convicted in 2002 of a variety of sex crimes against children, including sodomy, forcible rape, attempting to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity, and possession and distribution of child pornography. While stationed at Fort Hood, he sexually assaulted at least five girls between the ages of 12 and 16.
He was dishonorably discharged from the Army and served over a decade at Fort Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary. He was then released to a halfway house in Austin to undergo sex offender treatment. On the night he escaped the halfway house, he was found in possession of a contraband cell phone which contained sexually explicit images of girls between the ages of 12 and 16.
For a time, the missing sex offender was considered one of the Ten Most Wanted Sex Offenders in Texas, and appeared on the U.S. Marshals Service Top 15 Most Wanted Fugitive List, according to The Express-News. At one time, the reward for information leading to his arrest was $25,000.
On September 8, a labrador retriever named Carly, who belongs to a family that has asked not to be named, escaped from her yard for a while. When she returned home, her family found that Carly had brought home a collection of bones, including several animal bones and a human skull, according to the American-Statesman. Austin police walked around the woods with Carly, hoping to find more human remains, but found nothing.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Marshal’s Office took an interest in the case, due to a fugitive sex offender known to have gone missing from the area, says Deputy U.S. Marshal John Clifton.
“The physical description of the human skull and where it was found sparked U.S. Marshals interest in this case because it was very similar to key facts concerning our fugitive investigation for Kevin Stoeser.”
Today, the U.S. Marshals confirmed that the human skull Carly brought home did, indeed, belong to Stoeser.
Carly would not be the first family dog to find human remains and help solve a criminal case. Last month, according to this Inquisitr report, a family dog in Atlanta also brought home human remains believed to be related to a missing-persons case.
As of this post, it is unclear if Carly’s family will receive any reward money for bringing home the skull of the fugitive sex offender.
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