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High-risk sex offender missing
August 17, 2012, 01:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

Derrick Sanders, a resident of Cordilleras Mental Health Facility in Redwood City, went missing Friday morning, according to a press release from the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

Sanders is a parolee with a history of violence, weapons and sex offenses and is considered a high-risk offender with mental health issues. He currently has a misdemeanor case pending in San Mateo County for a sex offense against a minor.

Sanders was discovered missing by staff at Cordilleras Center during rounds which were conducted during the early morning hours Friday. He is believed to have possibly absconded the facility through an elevator shaft, according to the press release.

Sanders is a transient who frequents the San Mateo and Alameda counties.

He is described as 5 feet 11 inches and 165 pounds. He was last seen wearing a red polo shirt and blue jeans. He is also wanted on a parole violation warrant issued by the California Department of Corrections. His destination is unknown.

Anyone with information about Sanders’ whereabouts is encouraged not to make contact with him but to call 911. With non-emergency leads about his whereabouts contact Detective Marcus Gathright at (650) 363-7823 or the Sheriff’s Office Anonymous Witness Line at (800) 547-2700.

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