Vancouver police search Canada-wide for high-risk sex offender

high-risk sex offender AWOL

Vancouver police are searching Canada-wide for a high-risk sex offender who disappeared from his halfway house on Friday (August 12) just hours after being granted statutory release. 

Tony Okanase was released from Mountain Institution Friday morning and reported to a halfway house in Vancouver after which he checked out and hasn't been seen or heard from since. 

The 39-year-old man has a history of violent sexual offences against strangers dating back to 2003 and is now wanted Canada-wide. 

Okanase is described as six feet tall and weighing 190 pounds, with short black hair and brown eyes. He has a tattoo of a maple leaf and stars and stripes on his right forearm, a tattoo of a bear paw on his chest, and tattoos of symbols on his neck. 

He was last seen wearing a black shirt, grey and green cargo shorts, and black shoes with white soles. 

Anyone who sees Okanase or knows of his location is asked to call 9-1-1 immediately.

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