U.S. Marshals capture convicted sex offender after extensive media coverage

(WSVN) - U.S. Marshals captured a convicted sex offender who disappeared the same day he was released from prison.

Matthew Stager left a federal correctional facility in Petersburg, Virginia on Feb. 2, Fox 59 reports. He was supposed to report to a transitional center in Texas, but never showed up.

Authorities said Stager, 44, is a convicted sex offender with a history of drug abuse and mental health problems. They believe he has connections in multiple states across the country, and asked the public to keep an eye out.

He is described as a white or Hispanic male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 145 pounds, with dozens of facial tattoos. Officials hoped someone will recognize him by his tattoos and turn him in, which is exactly what happened. Once Stager’s picture was spread through social media, multiple people called authorities to report sightings. Stager was soon captured without incident in Washington, D.C.

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