Police: No evidence sex offender wanted in Canada is still in Whatcom County


Michael Sean Stanley


Whatcom County authorities received no advance notice that a sex offender wanted in Canada would be allowed to cross into the U.S. at Blaine.

Sheriff Bill Elfo said Friday, Oct. 11, that his department does not know the whereabouts of Michael Sean Stanley, who crossed Monday night, Oct. 7. He has no information to make him think Stanley is still in the county.

The Blaine Police Department also issued a statement saying officials did not believe Stanley was in the city after crossing the border.

Stanley is a U.S. citizen but has a long history of sexual offenses against women and children in Canada, according to Associated Press reports. He has been imprisoned in that country before and had recently cut off his ankle-monitoring bracelet, according to news reports.

Elfo said information on Stanley has been given to deputies and other local law enforcement.

"We certainly are very concerned about this person being at large (in) Washington and would very much like to know his location," Elfo wrote in an email.

Reach Debbie Townsend at 360-715-2280 or debbie.townsend@bellinghamherald.com .

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