Wanted Santa Barbara Fugitive Found in Guatemala
Jeffrey Parish - SBSO Top 10 Most Wanted In Custody
Santa Barbara County- July 17th, 2012
In June of last year the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office released information on wanted fugitive Jeffrey Reed Parish, who is accused of molesting a 4 year old female child in Carpinteria in 1994. Since that time the case has remained open and Parish was recently added to the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office Webpage “Most Wanted” list. http://www.sbsheriff.org/mw/parish.html
Parish’s case was also referred to the FBI for assistance as it was believed that immediately after his arrest Parish had fled the country, possibly to Mexico, where he spent a few months out of the year visiting.
In early 2011, the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office Felony Fugitive Unit and agents with the FBI began reexamining Parish’s case. Information was developed recently that lead investigators to a small town in Guatemala, Panajachel, where it was believed that Parish was residing. Information was passed on to FBI agents in that region who coordinated with the Guatemalan authorities. Parish was located and arrested without incident. Parish was living under the name “Blake.”
Parish, a United States Citizen, was ordered deported immediately by the Guatemalan Government. The Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Felony Fugitive Unit and the agents with the FBI office traveled to Guatemala and escorted Parish back to the United States where he was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail on his outstanding felony warrant. Parish remains in custody without bail.
The Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office believes that during Parish’s time in Santa Barbara County in the early 90s, Parish may have molested other victims before his arrest and subsequent flight from justice. If you have any information on other individuals who may have been victims of Parish contact the Sheriff’s Department immediately at 805-681-4150.
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