Reward Increased to
$50,000 for Information Leading to the Arrest
of Lester Eubanks
- The reward for information leading to the arrest of wanted fugitive Lester
Eubanks has been increased to $50,000, U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott
was convicted in 1966 of the murder of 14-year-old Mary Ellen Deener
from Mansfield, Ohio. Although Eubanks was sentenced to death, in
1972 his sentence was commuted to life in prison.
In December 1973, Eubanks was permitted to leave the prison while
participating in an honor assignment, a Christmas shopping trip with
other inmates. Eubanks failed to return to the designated pick up
location and has been on the run ever since.
The U.S. Marshals Service in Northern Ohio began investigating
this case in 2015 and three years later added the fugitive to its 15
Most Wanted list. In November 2019 Eubanks was the subject of an ABC
News Investigates podcast titled Have You Seen This Man? Beginning
Oct. 19 Eubanks was featured on the Netflix series Unsolved
Mysteries: Volume 2, in an episode titled Death Row Fugitive.
As of today, the reward has been increased from
$25,000 to up to
$50,000 for information that
directly leads to the arrest of Lester Eubanks.
Anyone with information concerning any wanted fugitive can contact
the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4WANTED
(1-866-492-6833), or tips may also be submitted via the
USMS tips app
Eubanks, 75, is a 5-foot-11 black male with black hair and brown
eyes. At the time of his disappearance, he weighed approximately 175
pounds. Other unique physical characteristics include a mole under
his left eye. He may be using the alias Victor Young to hide his
true identity. In 2017, the U.S. Marshals released an
age-progression photo (below) of Eubanks.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the nearest
USMS District Office, the
U.S. Marshals Service Communications Center at 1-800-336-0102,
or submit a tip using USMS Tips.
Poster for Lester Eubanks
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