Search on for missing "persistent" sex offender

Search on for missing "persistent" sex offender
Most recent photo of Michael Heath Owen taken in 2016. (Source: Missouri State Highway Patrol)
Michael Heath Owen as he looked without facial hair in 2014. (Source: Missouri State Highway Patrol)
Michael Heath Owen as he looked without facial hair in 2014. (Source: Missouri State Highway Patrol)

POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KAIT) - Poplar Bluff police are asking the public's help in finding a "persistent" sex offender.

Michael Heath Owen, 37, reportedly moved from his registered address in the 500-block of Oak Street without notifying the Butler County Sheriff's Office.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Sex Offender Registry, Owen was convicted in 2011 of raping a 16-year-old Fair Grove, MO girl. He was released from prison last October after serving eight years behind bars.

Online court records note that Owen is a "prior and persistent offender."

Owen is 5'11" and weighs 210 pounds, he has numerous tattoos on his chest, arms, and legs. His last known address was the 500-block of Oak Street in Poplar Bluff. According to MSHP, he owns several vehicles but drives a gold 2007 Chevy Uplander crossover with Missouri license plate DH9X2Y.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact local law enforcement or call PBPD Captain David Sutton at 573-686-8649 or email dsutton@pbpolice.org.

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