Northwest Iowa Authorities Search for Missing Sex Offender

Man Failed to Check In to Release Program

By Katelynn McCollough, The Gazette

A search has begun for a man that did not report to his sex offender transition release program on Sunday.

Local authorities in northwest Iowa are looking for 42-year-old Cory West after he failed to check in with the program in Cherokee after getting of work at his place of employment.

The Department of Human Services stated in a news release that West is a “Caucasian man who is 6 feet 5 inches tall, weighing 180 pounds. He has blue eyes, brown hair and is balding. He was last seen wearing a short-sleeved, red T-shirt with an OU — Oklahoma University — symbol on the front, light denim pants and a blue medical wrap on his left wrist.”

West was last seen in the Storm Lake area.

Amy Lorentzen McCoy of the Department of Human Services said that the sex offender transition release program is a program for when the court determines that an individual is eligible to begin to transition into the community, which can include finding employment.

“We just want the community to be aware,” said McCoy of the active search for West.

West was court ordered to the Civil Commitment Unit for Sex Offenders in 2011 at the Cherokee Mental Health Institute. The Civil Commitment Unit for Sex Offenders offers inpatient care for sex offenders who have been found to be violent and likely to commit further offenses after completing their prison terms.

West became eligible through the courts for the sex offender transition release program in 2013.

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