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Published October 04, 2011, 07:10 PM

Officials: Convicted Sex Offender Escapes Transport Van East of Valley City

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A convicted sex offender being transferred from Washington state to New Hampshire has escaped custody east of the North Dakota town of Valley City.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A convicted sex offender being transferred from Washington state to New Hampshire has escaped custody east of the North Dakota town of Valley City.

KFGO radio reports that Joseph Megna ran from a transport van during a stop about 2 miles west of Tower City.

Barnes County Chief Deputy Don Fiebiger says Megna is a convicted sex offender from Washington.

State troopers, game wardens and deputies from Barnes, Cass and Stutsman counties are on scene helping with the investigation.

Officers were focusing their search on a field north of Interstate 94.

A state patrol airplane is also assisting.

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