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Dog brings home sex offender's skull, U.S. marshals say

11-17-2014 Texas:

AUSTIN, Texas — The case of a former Army specialist who escaped from federal supervision was closed Monday after officials said the sex offender's skull was found in a field two months ago.

The skull of Kevin Patrick Stoeser, 41, was discovered Sept. 8 when a woman's dog, who had escaped from the backyard overnight, returned with a pile of animal bones and a human skull. The skull appeared "weathered" and likely was there for some time, officials said.

Although police dogs searched areas nearby after the find, they did not recover additional human remains.

Stoeser was added to the U.S. Marshals Service 15 Most Wanted fugitives list in May after running Oct. 24, 2013, from a halfway house in Del Valle, Texas, about 7 miles from Austin. At the time, staffers had confiscated a smartphone that he was not authorized to have and found more than two dozen images of scantily clad young girls.

He escaped when confronted and had a $25,000 bounty on his head.

Stoeser was convicted in 2002 of numerous sex crimes, including sodomy, production of child pornography and forceable rape. He committed numerous sexual assaults against at least five girls ages 12 to 16 while stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, state and federal officials said.

At the time, Stoeser was sentenced to 13 years confinement in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and dishonorably discharged from the Army but was released from custody in 2011. He was returned six months later after violating his sex offender treatment instructions and was weeks away from completing his sentence when he fled. ..Source.. by KVUE-TV

Officials: Dog found sex offender's skull in field

AUSTIN -- The U.S. Marshals Service has closed its investigation into one of the country's most wanted fugitives, Kevin Patrick Stoeser, after they said Stoeser's skull was found in a field in September.

A dog brought the skull to its owner's front yard in Southeast Austin near Fallwell Lane and Puebla Drive. Police said at the time there was no visible trauma to the skull but said it was "weathered" and appears to have been there for some time. No other bones were found.

"The physical description of the human skull and where it was found sparked U.S. Marshals interest in the case, because it was very similar to key facts concerning our fugitive investigation for Kevin Stoeser," said Deputy U.S. Marshal John Clifton, the lead criminal investigator on the case, in a statement released Monday.

The U.S. Marshals Service said Monday that the skull was sent to the Department of Forensic and Investigative Genetics at the University of North Texas for DNA testing. On Nov. 5, based on the university's results, the Travis County Medical Examiner's Office determined the skull was Stoeser's.

Stoeser's cause of death is still under investigation.

Stoeser, a former member of the U.S. Army, pleaded guilty to numerous sex crimes and child pornography. He escaped from a halfway house in Del Valle in October of 2013 after staff members at the house found child pornography on his cell phone.

Stoeser, 41, reportedly had sex with underage girls while stationed in Fort Hood in 2002, and he served 13 years in prison for sexually abusing five young victims between the ages of 12 and 16. He also pleaded guilty to child pornography and raping a woman. He was added to the 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders list in Texas and the U.S. Marshals Service Top 15 Most Wanted Fugitive List. ..Source.. by KVUE

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