MARSH HARBOUR, BAHAMAS - A fugitive U.S. teenager who has successfully eluded teams of local police and FBI agents might have slipped off the island where he allegedly crash-landed a stolen plane nearly a week ago, police said Friday.
Authorities are investigating a report that Colton Harris-Moore, dubbed the “Barefoot Bandit,” has fled Great Abaco Island and was spotted on Eleuthera, about 40 miles to the south, two police officials said. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment publicly on the search. Bahamian National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest declined to comment.
It was unclear how the 19-year-old fugitive might have escaped the island, but a powerboat was stolen in Marsh Harbour. The 44-foot boat was reported missing Thursday from the marina on Great Abaco Island, said Harry Mountain, a regional manager for The Moorings hotel and marina resort in Marsh Harbour.
Investigators have been searching the 120-mile-long, boomerang-shaped island for Harris-Moore since he allegedly crash-landed a stolen plane in a marsh at its southern tip Sunday.