September 21, 2012
The following is a news release from U.S. Marshals Service:
Photograph link valid 30 days - Source: Klamath County Sheriff's Office
Wednesday afternoon, September 19, 2012, at approximately 2:15 p.m., ERIC GEORGE McNEILL, age 65, was arrested at a campground near Klamath Falls by law enforcement officials from the U.S. Marshals, Oregon State Police, and Klamath Falls Police Department. McNEIIL was charged on July 26, 2012 by the Yavapai County District Attorney Office (Arizona) with 22 counts of committing sex crimes against children. Upon learning that McNEILL may have fled Arizona, Yavapai County officials requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service to locate and apprehend him.
McNEILL's case was profiled on America's Most Wanted on September 14, 2012. Based on tips that were received, information suggested that McNEILL may be in the Southern Oregon area, possibly near Chiloquin or Klamath Falls, Oregon.
U.S. Marshals from the Medford office began their fugitive investigation and the search for McNEILL began to narrow. On September 19, Deputy Marshals spotted McNEILL's vehicle at Hagelstein Park, a roadside campground off Highway 97 approximately eight miles north of Klamath Falls. With the assistance from the Klamath Falls Police Department and Oregon State Police, a felony traffic stop was conducted on McNEILL's vehicle and he was taken into custody without incident. McNEILL was transported to the Klamath County Jail and is awaiting extradition to Arizona.
Out of concern that there may still be a number of unknown additional victims in the community, a photograph is being provided as well as McNEILL's vehicle description, a 1987 Pontiac Bonneville 4 door, maroon in color, Washington License Plate (223 YJJ).
Questions regarding the original case should be directed to the Yavapai County, Arizona District Attorney's Office.
The U.S. Marshals Oregon Fugitive Task Force is supported by the Oregon High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Program and is comprised of investigators from the U.S. Marshals Service, Washington County Sheriff's Office, Portland Police Bureau, Oregon State Police, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Multnomah County Probation & Parole, and the Oregon National Guard. The Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force is comprised of U.S. Marshals Service investigators from the Districts of Alaska, Oregon, Eastern Washington, and Western Washington. For more information you can go to www.usmarshals.gov.