Lethbridge police say high-risk sex offender Michael Stanley is not in the southern Alberta city despite the fact his whereabouts remain unknown.
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A Canada-wide warrant has been issued for the 48-year-old who has been evading law enforcement for more than a week.
Police in several provinces have been searching for Stanley since he cut off his electronic monitoring bracelet on Oct. 1 in Lloydminster, located on the Alberta and Saskatchewan border.
He has family ties in Lethbridge and police confirmed earlier this week that he had been in the area last Friday.
His vehicle was seized in the west end of the city on Monday.
Police say they now believe he has left the city, but are reminding people to keep a watchful eye as it is possible he may return.
While the investigation — which is being led by Edmonton police — is ongoing, Lethbridge police say their involvement has concluded.
Stanley was released from prison in April 2011 after completing a 32-month sentence for assault and forcible confinement.
One of the conditions of his release was that he wear an electronic monitoring bracelet.
No confirmed sightings
Over the past week, there have been multiple unconfirmed sightings of him in Saskatchewan and Alberta that forced the lockdown of several schools.
“There’s been a lot of tips coming in and we want to encourage the public to keep submitting tips through their various agencies," said Edmonton police Det. Chris Hayduk on Tuesday.
Stanley, originally from Edmonton, has breached his conditions of release in the past.
Hayduk said Tuesday that it is possible Stanley is heading towards the U.S. border.
"There is some information that he may be moving south to the border and make an attempt to get into the States," he said. "The Canadian Border Services Agency has been notified and he's been flagged with various agencies along the border."
Stanley has a long history of sexual offences against women and children and has a 28-year criminal history of numerous violent and sexual assaults.
He is described as about five feet nine inches tall, 190 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes