Crime & Courts

Fugitive child sex predator might be in North Carolina

A fugitive child sex predator from Florida might be in North Carolina or on his way to see relatives in Pennsylvania, the U.S. Marshals Service said Thursday.

Authorities are offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Ernest Eugene Reigh, who was last seen in Fort Pierce, Fla.

Reigh vanished after being released from state prison March 1 and failing to register his address with the St. Lucie, Fla., County Jail.

He was convicted of sexual assaulting a girl under age 12 in St. Lucie County in 1995.

“Reigh is considered a wanted absconded sexual predator with a history of carrying firearms,” the U.S. Marshals Service said in a news release.

Ernest Eugene Reigh
Ernest Eugene Reigh U.S. Marshals Service

He is bald, about 5-feet-6-inches tall, weighs about 160 pounds and has blue eyes.

Anyone with information is urged to call Deputy U.S. Marshal Christopher Crotty at 305-710-7395 or Task Force Officer John Brady at 954-707-2457.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak