BEND, OR -- Law enforcement continue to search for a convicted Level III sex offender on post-prison supervision who went missing earlier this week. It’s the second time in the past year that Justin Lampke has disappeared. Tanner Wark, Deputy Director of Deschutes County Parole and Probation, says it's possible Lampke has been gone longer than a couple of days. They discovered his disappearance Wednesday night. "Officers do home visits unannounced, also we work with community partners who report. Based on notifying, we received information from a community member that it didn’t look like he came home, so we began investigating immediately."
He tells KBND News the agency is limited on what it can do to stop people from repeatedly ducking supervision. "They’ve already done their initial sentence, so they have a specified amount of time that they’re supervised in the community. And, with Mr. Lampke, based on his criminal history, he has a lifetime supervision. Every time he violates we put him in jail. He may do time in jail, and he’s always going to be getting out." Wark says “lifetime supervision” is rare.
Last April, Lampke was picked up in Seattle after cutting off an ankle monitor
and spending several days on the run. He spent about six months in jail for that violation, according to Wark. He says Lampke had been "doing better" and was no longer required to wear an ankle monitor. But, he says he's likely to face a similar punishment. "Essentially, when he gets picked up, we’ll take him to jail and he’ll get a hearing. Then, he’ll do a specified amount of time in jail – I can’t speak to that because I don’t know what that will be, based on the nature of the circumstances when he does get picked up." He adds, "I mean he’s on supervision for life, so this is going to be that cyclic type of behavior," Says Wark. "Hopefully, at one point he’ll change his ways."
Wark says it’s likely Lampke is again headed for a larger city where he can blend in. He is 43-years-old, 5'7", about 160 pounds, with "longish" brown hair, although he may have tried to alter his appearance. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call 911.