OSI offers reward in search for escaped airman

Staff report
Posted : Friday Dec 12, 2008 17:00:46 EST

The Air Force Office of Special Investigations is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of an airman who has been on the lam for almost three months.

Airman Basic Jeremy Parrott, 29, was a few months into a three-year sentence for possessing child pornography when he escaped Sept. 24 from RAF Lakenheath, England, after a medical appointment at the base hospital.

The Air Force announced two days later that he had been spotted in the village of the Brandon, about 5 miles away, but has not confirmed any sightings since then.

OSI investigators and local law enforcement agencies say they believe Parrott is still in Great Britain and requested the reward in the hopes of flushing him out, OSI spokeswoman Linda Card said.

The reward comes from a special fund set aside for that purpose and must be approved by the OSI commander, Card said.

OSI does not offer such rewards often, but previous rewards have been effective.

It offered $25,000 for Saner Wonggoun, an airman accused of murdering his wife who fled to Thailand, on Oct. 27, 2006. Thai police arrested Wonggoun on a tip about a week later.

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