ICE joins manhunt for suspect wanted in connection with missing Kent man

Alcantara-Gonzalez reportedly a Mexican citizen in the U.S. illegally; Eckles missing near Cle Elum

Officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), joined local law enforcement May 28 in Central Washington, in the search for Jorge Omar Alcantara-Gonzalez, wanted in connection with the disappearance of a Kent man.

Ian Eckles, 41, has been missing out of Kent since mid-May and last seen near Cle Elum.

Alcantara-Gonzalez is a Mexican citizen who is in the United States illegally, according to a ICE press release on May 28. Between 2018 and 2019, Alcantara-Gonzalez was arrested and booked into the King County Jail on multiple occasions and released back into the community despite multiple immigration detainers.

In a B.O.L.O (be on the lookout) released by the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office, Alcantara-Gonzalez is described as being last seen wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and khaki pants, and may be in possession of a red MSR brand ‘Hubba Hubba’ model dome-style tent with red poles and light gray rainfly.

If you see Alcantara-Gonzalez or have any information that may help authorities concerning this case, call KITTCOM at 509-925-8534 or dial 911. Alcantara-Gonzalez should be considered armed and dangerous.

Eckles fails to show up for work

Eckles has not shown up for work since he was reported missing, according to a May 28 email from Kent Police.

“We have assisted Kittitas County by checking in with his place of work in Kent,” said Cmdr. Robert Hollis. “We learned Mr. Eckles did not show up for work which is not like him to do.”

Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office contacted Kent Police regarding Eckles on May 19.

“We learned he was supposed to meet some friends in Kittitas County to hunt, but never made it,” Hollis said.

Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office is leading the search for Eckles and Alcantara-Gonzalez since Eckles reportedly went missing in that county.


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