Authorities searching for sex offender whose whereabouts are unknown

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Kern County Sheriff's Department and other Kern County agencies are searching for a registered sex offender.

Authorities said Melvin Foley Jr. is on parole for child molestation.

He was released from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Lerdo Jail on November 5, and failed to report to his parole officer, officials said.

His whereabouts are unknown.

Foley Jr. is known to frequent the east Bakersfield area, officials said.

If anyone has information on his whereabouts they are asked to call the Bakersfield parole office at 661-634-9620 or the Sheriff’s Office at 661-861-3110. Anonymous text tips can be sent to TIP411 (847411). Just type the keyword “KCSO” prior to the message.

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