Ethan Couch: 'Affluenza' Teen May Have Fled Country, FBI, U.S. Marshals Join Search

Leigh Egan

The FBI and U.S. Marshals are joining in on the hunt to locate Ethan Couch, the 18-year-old Texas teen who became famous for receiving probation in 2013 after he killed several people while drinking and driving in the Fort Worth area.

CNN reports that Ethan failed to show up to a scheduled meeting with his probation officer earlier this month, a condition of his the 10-year probation sentence he received after he killed four people in 2013 while under the influence of alcohol. During his trial, the teen's attorneys argued that Ethan suffered from affluenza, a term that basically conveys that since he was wealthy and spoiled, his parents failed to set the proper limits on him. In turn, the 18-year-old was labeled the "affluenza teen."

Tanya Couch, Ethan's mother, is also missing. According to Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson, the wealthy mother has the means to completely disappear, and authorities believe mom and son 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."
"You can run, but you're always going to be looking over your shoulder. We're not going to give up. We're going to come after you. We're going to find you, wherever you are."
"I'm sure you can read the shock all over my face. No surprises at all."

Like others, however, McConnell is hoping that Ethan will eventually get caught, and this time, get the punishment he should have had from the beginning.

"I do feel like accountability hasn't been demonstrated yet. I would still like to have some accountability, because I need for my son Lucas to see that there are consequences for bad decisions."

Meanwhile, there is still a lot of outrage across the nation, not only because Ethan didn't get a harsher sentence, but because was allowed back on the street again, potentially putting others in danger. The national president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) spokesperson Colleen Sheehey-Church released a public statement expressing "outrage and disbelief" over the situation.

"Four people were hit and killed, and no one was held responsible. This is egregious. 'Affluenza' aside, Ethan Couch appears to show blatant disregard for the law, and he must be held accountable. The families impacted will never have their loved ones back; Ethan Couch must have consequences for his actions."
"I predicted two years ago that something bad was going to happen like this. I wasn't surprised at all that he ran, particularly in light of the video that had surfaced … I had been expecting something like this for the last two years."

[Photo Courtesy of U.S. Marshals Service via AP]

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