Frederick "Rick" McLean- California- 2005 (Added in 2005) Jan 14, 2013 13:45:43 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on Jan 14, 2013 13:45:43 GMT -5
(Above photo credit: US Marshals website)
Fugitive Profile as of November 20th, 2014 (Based on 2011 AMW archive, U.S. Marshals website)
Aliases: Rick McClean, Rick McLain, Frederick McLain, Frederick McClean, Frederick McClaine
Current Age: 63
Hair (Color, Description, Facial Hair): Brown
Other Phys. Characteristics:
-Very mechanically inclinded and handy with tools.
-Likes to be up at night - claims to have sleep disorder.
-May be clean shaven, but had moustache for most of life.
-May have lost weight.
Traits and Habits:
-Described as low-key, almost melancholy, a loner, unfriendly.
-Has "depressed" demeanor,slumping shoulders, wiry, slow moving.
-Detail oriented and a spendthrift.
-Likes to drive old pick-up trucks.
-Likes to bowl, ice-skate, play tennis.
-Wears second hand clothing.
-When writing tends to print in ALL CAPS.
-May be living in remote locations around the Anza-Borrego State Park or Santa Ana Mountains of Riverside and San Diego Counties in Southern California. May find work in car restoration or auto repair businesses. Has a variety of skills involving construction labor. He likes to live alone in remote locations. He may be renting a storage unit.
-San Ysidiro , CA
-Temecula , CA
Other Possible Locations:
-San Diego or Riverside Counties , CA
Last Known Locations:
-Winchester , CA
-Very remote location. McLean renovated and sold the place just before he fled.
-Vehicle To Look For:
-McLean likes to drive older model pick-up trucks. He also may still have, or recently sold, a 3/4-scale replica of 1955 Chevy. The interior is simple like a racing car, with a rollcage. It is black, but could have been painted. He may be keeping it in a storage unit.
Who to call if you've seen him: U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) Communications Center at 1 (800) 336-0102 or the nearest USMS District Office.
UPDATE: As of January 16th, 2019, anyone with information on this fugitive's whereabouts can also call "In Pursuit" on the Investigation Discovery channel at 1-833-3-PURSUE and/or submit a tip at the show's website: www.InPursuitTips.com
This thread is to discuss alleged child molestor and top 15 fugitive Frederick "Rick" McLean. This thread has been edited to include his amw archived case description. McLean has now also been profiled on CNN's "The Hunt." Feel free to add your comments and thoughts after this OP.
Trusted Church Servant Living A Double Life
Cops say that Frederick "Rick" McLean was described as a loner by those who knew him. An expert mechanic who was financially successful in the business of buying, restoring, and reselling vintage CanAm and open-wheel race cars from the '60s and '70s, McLean lived and worked in the San Diego and Riverside counties of southern California.
According to U.S. Marshals, McLean was a Ministerial Servant in the Jehovah's Witnesses and was utilizing his position of trust to commit sexual crimes against young girls - some no more than 5 years old.
As one victim's parents told AMW, they had no clue that an alleged sexual predator was amongst them -- even though church elders had prior knowledge of complaints against McLean from another congregation.
McLean was an experienced outdoorsman and would often take children on overnight camping trips. Police maintain that parents trusted him with their kids because of his almost "fanatical concern" for the kids' safety.
Authorities say that McLean was confronted a number of times over the years by those he molested, but Jehovah's Witnesses judicial committees require two witnesses to an event of molestation before taking any kind of disciplinary action. Detectives believe that by moving from one Kingdom Hall congregation to another, McLean was able to keep his crimes mostly hidden for 25 to 30 years, before finally being "outed" to the general public and "disfellowshipped", or expelled, from the religion.
A Treasure Map And A Quick Getaway
Cops were alerted to McLean's crimes after an 18-year-old woman reported past molestations by McLean to the police in May 2004. They say that McLean probably knew he would eventually be caught and believe he had been stashing large amounts of cash around his property -- maybe as much as $400,000.
When he found out that he was under investigation, McLean began a quick dissolution of both his business and his marriage, divorcing his wife and selling off his race car restoration business.
Before investigators could put together a case against him, McLean had vanished with the cash. They say he also left behind a hand-drawn treasure map where a large amount of money was buried. Cops tell AMW that McLean stated that the treasure site would be revealed if he should be caught.
Altered State of Appearance
Police say that McLean left town in a small dark-colored pickup truck, but that he also may have a 1955 Chevy hot rod, which could possibly still be in a storage unit if he hasn't sold it by now.
Authorities maintain that he may have changed his physical appearance and purchased a new set of identity documents. He is also believed to have armed himself with a gun.
U.S. Marshals say that McLean would probably be living alone or in an isolated situation although acquaintances say that McLean is likely to keep an eye on his family from afar. In the past, McLean bought houses, fixed them up by himself and and turned them at a profit. He is interested in real estate.
According to cops, McLean is considered armed and dangerous and may be desperate in his need to sexually molest young girls.
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