Chad Eugene Reynolds

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Perhaps indirectly, some of the attention from the Haleigh Cummings disappearance has been directed toward an absconded convicted sex offender in Florida known as Chad Eugene Reynolds. Chad lives a couple of hours away from Haleigh Ann-Marie Cummings and due to the possible coincidental disappearance of both around the same time, he has inevitably been linked to the case even if just in the media.
Chad Reynolds was sentenced to seven years in prison for armed burglary as well as lewd and lascivious molestation of a child younger than 12 earlier in the decade. I don’t have the sentencing date but the incident which got him convicted happened in September of 2002. Six years later he was released and is required to report to his mother’s home every day as a condition of his probation. He is on ten years of community supervision.

Although it’s likely that someone in his family or perhaps one of his friends has had contact with him, February 1st is the last time anyone will admit to having contact with Reynolds, when he left a bar in Ochlawaha, Fl. after the Super Bowl. He had borrowed a friend’s car and then called later to tell his friend, Amy Baker, that it had broken down. The car was found but Reynolds has taken a powder.

After Reynolds was reported as being missing the Marion County Sheriff’s Department contacted the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office about Chad. Interestingly enough Putnam County is where Haleigh is missing and also the county where Reynold’s was originally sentenced.
While law enforcement remains concerned about the safety of this convicted sex offender, if and when he is found he will more than likely be arrested for failing to report to his probation officer.
Is Chad Reynolds just another absconded scumbag whose timing sucks or is he somehow related to the disappearance of Haleigh Cummings?
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