CAMANO ISLAND – Colton Harris-Moore did not turn himself in today despite a reported $50,000 offer by an anonymous donor.
A 3 p.m. deadline today came and went with no sign of Harris-Moore, 19.
“At this point the offer is going to be withdrawn,” Edmonds attorney Jim Johanson said this afternoon.
The anonymous cash offer was announced Thursday by Johanson, who also said he’d be willing to represent Harris-Moore for free in criminal proceedings.
Johanson said the offer was made in an attempt to get Harris-Moore to surrender before anyone is hurt.
Moore’s mother, Pam Kohler, said she wasn’t surprised her son didn’t surrender for money.
“He’s not interested in a lousy $50,000 for his freedom,” she said this afternoon.
The 6-foot, 5-inch Camano Island native is suspected in dozens of burglaries and thefts in at least five Washington counties, British Columbia and Idaho. Police suspect he may have piloted stolen planes and used stolen boats to move around Puget Sound. He fled juvenile detention in April 2008 and has been on the lam since.
Law enforcement around Northwest Washington has pursued the teen with help from the FBI and other federal agencies.
Last week, Mike Rocha, an Everett bail bond recovery agent, introduced himself to Camano Island residents and outlined his plan to capture Harris-Moore. Rocha said he is volunteering his time as a community service and will work as a private liaison between law enforcement and the public.
Island County Sheriff Mark Brown said he will not work with private bounty hunters nor does he endorse offers to pay Harris-Moore for any purpose.
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