Questions remain after missing Oklahoma man arrested in Arkansas
LOGAN COUNTY, Okla. (KFOR) – The Logan County Sheriff’s Office and Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation are investigating the discovery of a man missing under unusual circumstances in Arkansas.
In January, the Logan County Sheriff’s Office suspected foul play after visiting Joseph West’s home for a wellness check.
West was not found, but investigators saw blood and an ankle monitor he should have been wearing from a previous sex offender conviction in Texas.
“We received a phone call that a relative showed up at Mr West’s house to see him on his birthday. They found blood inside the RV and that’s when they contacted us,” Logan County Sheriff Damon Devereaux said. “It was a huge deal to make sure he was safe and hadn’t been abducted,” he added.
Investigators say West was arrested by an Arkansas State Trooper on Feb. 8and following a routine traffic stop along Interstate 40 in Van Buren, Arkansas.
His whereabouts before this stop are still unknown.
In a statement to KFOR, the Arkansas Department of Public Safety said that during the stop, the highway patrolman learned that West was wanted for questioning, and he was held at the Crawford County before being moved back to Oklahoma.
He is currently being held in Logan County Jail for failing to register as a sex offender.
Investigators said Wednesday that while the primary goal was to make sure West was not in danger, they would work to identify the blood found in the trailer and confirm where he had been for several weeks.
“The lab is working on DNA samples and matches to try to determine who the blood belongs to. [in the trailer]“said Devereaux. “Whose blood is this? This is the next big question.
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