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Missing sex offender leads to warning in Barrow County

Matthew Ryan Rakestraw is now listed as an obsconded sex offender.
Credit: Barrow County Sheriff's Office
Matthew Ryan Rakestraw

BARROW COUNTY, Ga. — Barrow County authorities are asking the public to be on the lookout for an absconded sex offender who may still be in the county.

The sheriff's office released a notice around 4:30 p.m. that Matthew Ryan Rakestraw was missing. Rakestraw is described as being a white male who is about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 180 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes.

Rakestraw was convicted of felony statutory rape in 2009 which is listed in Georgia as "sexual intercourse with any person under the age of 16 years and not their spouse." The photo provided by the sheriff's office was taken in October and is in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Sex Offender Registry.

Credit: Barrow County Sheriff's Office
Matthew Ryan Rakestraw

Anyone with information regarding Rakestraw's location is asked to call Investigator J. Bole at 770-307-3080 Ext. 5811 or email jbole@barrowsheriff.com.

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