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The United States Marshals Service Expands Fugitive Task Force with Cold Case Unit

by US Marshals Service on February 20, 2015

Cleveland, OH – United States Marshal Pete Elliott and Northeast Regional Adult Parole Director Todd Ishee announce the expansion of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force with the new Cold Case Unit.

The United States Marshals Service Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force and the Adult Parole Authority have once again teamed up with its federal and local partners to expand the task force and specifically target “Cold Case” Fugitives. The Cold Case Unit will have dedicated and experienced full time investigative personnel utilizing all the assets of the U.S. Marshals Service and the Adult Parole Authority to assist our partners with tracking down those fugitives in the Northern District of Ohio who are alleged to be uncatchable.

“The Cold Case Unit was established to put a fresh set of eyes on an old case.” Working alongside our local partners, federal marshals provide manpower and technology. "Our task force is a force-multiplier," explained Peter Elliott, U.S. Marshal. "We bring experience and extra tools to the table, and we concentrate on one thing: catching violent offenders no matter how long they have been on the run!"

The Ohio Adult Parole Authority will focus investigations on parole violators at large and escapees from as far back as the 1970s. Ohio Adult Parole Authority Director Todd Ishee said, “Our partnership together has been outstanding. I am certain we will give our best effort to close decades old cases that are deemed impossible to solve”

Since the inception of the task force, task force members have arrested over 36,500 violent fugitives. The Task Force targets fugitives wanted for murder, rape and weapons offenses. The task force’s wide reaching grasp has nabbed fugitives in Mexico, Panama and have tracked fugitives as far as Israel and Brazil. During this time, the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force has been one of the top task forces in the country. 

Cold Cases: 

Fugitive Ted Conrad

On Monday, July 14, 1969 Theodore John Conrad, a vault teller at Society National Bank, 127 Public Square, Cleveland, Ohio failed to report for work and could not be located by bank officials. An audit was conducted of the cash vault which determined $215,000 (equivalent to $1.3 million in 2013) was missing from the vault. The ensuing investigation determined that Conrad left work on Friday July 11, 1969, carrying a paper bag which was believed to contain a carton of cigarettes, a bottle of Canadian Club whiskey, and $215,000 in cash. The last known communication from Conrad was a telephone call from Inglewood, CA to a close friend on August 5, 1969. Conrad has been on the run ever since. His whereabouts are currently unknown.

Fugitive Dennis Nagle 

The U.S. Marshals Service is looking for Dennis “Rusty” Nagle, who is wanted for failure to register as a sex offender by the Richland County Sheriff’s Office and by the Ohio Adult Parole Authority for Parole Violation. In December 2006, Nagle pled guilty to attempted gross sexual imposition (GSI), after he confessed to sexually assaulting a 12 year old girl. For over 5 years Dennis Nagle has been on the run and has not registered as a sex offender anywhere in the United States. Nagle has been on the run since March 9, 2010. His whereabouts are unknown.

Fugitive James Wilson Addison 

James Wilson Addison is wanted for Federal Probation Violation stemming from a 2007 Marijuana trafficking case. Addison, an IT specialist and a pilot for a Mexican Drug Cartel, was last seen in Akron, Ohio in January 2008 in federal court. His whereabouts are currently unknown.



Fugitive Juan Plass

Juan Plass, 29, is wanted for Rape by the Mentor Police Department after allegedly forcing his way into a female’s home and sexually assaulting her. Born in Puerto Rico, Plass has been on the run since September 8, 2003. His whereabouts are currently unknown.


Anyone with information concerning any wanted fugitive can contact the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4WANTED (1-866-492-6833). You may also anonymously text in a tip by texting the keyword "WANTED" and your tip to TIP411 (847411), or you can send a web tip at the following webpage Reward money is available and tipsters may remain anonymous.


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