Published: January 11, 2012
Updated: Police find missing sex offender after appeal to find him

A paedophile who went missing and was feared by police to be in our area has been found, police said today (Wednesday).

Convicted child sex offender David Marker, 75, vanished from a hospital unit in Taunton on Monday.

Marker was detained indefinitely in April 1965 for an indecent assault on a seven-year-old girl and has been detained ever since.

Officers from Avon and Somerset Police appealed for information to trace Marker - who is considered a risk due to his previous offending history.

Officers said he was believed to be in the Weston-super-Mare area following a sighting, however police said he was found on Wednesday in Cornwall.

Marker also gave two guards the slip in May 1998 on an escorted visit to a swimming pool at Abraham Moss Leisure Centre in Crumpsall, Manchester. The trip was part of a rehabilitation programme preparing him to be released back into the community.

Detective Chief Inspector Nicholas Papucka said: "David Marker is considered a risk due to his previous offending history."

Marker is described as a white man, 5ft 9ins tall, of stocky build with short cropped dark to greying hair. He has grey stubble and wears glasses. He was wearing a navy blue coat with yellow patches around the collar and dark trousers and a white shirt.


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