Age progression of Lester Eubanks

This is an age progression illustration of Lester Eubanks.

MANSFIELD -- Wednesday’s episode of In Pursuit With John Walsh, airing on Jan. 29 at 10 p.m. on Investigation Discovery, will feature a segment on convicted killer Lester Eubanks, of Mansfield.

In 1965, 14-year-old Mary Ellen Deener was brutally assaulted and killed just blocks from her home in Mansfield. Lester Eubanks confessed and was quickly convicted of the crime and given the death penalty. But, in 1973, Eubanks was allowed by his prison handlers to be unsupervised as a reward for good behavior … and he quickly vanished into thin air.

In the decades since, Eubanks has never been found and authorities believe he’s created an entirely new identity for himself. Investigators and Mary Ellen’s family have never given up hope that Eubanks will be caught and made to face justice.

They all hope that the airing on In Pursuit will help shine a new light on the bizarre disappearance of the convicted killer to bring him to justice.

Lester Eubanks is now 76 years old and still considered extremely dangerous. He’s a child killer who’s likely hiding in plain sight. He still has relatives in Mansfield, but he could be anywhere. Attached is an age-progression photo of Eubanks for your reference, and the video segment can be found here:

The show is encouraging any viewers with any information on Lester Eubank’s whereabouts to text or call our call center at 1-833-3-PURSUE or to submit online at our dedicated hub at These resources are both staffed by trained operators who will accept anonymous tips and alert the proper authorities.

Details on the Show

John Walsh joins Investigation Discovery, on their joint mission to track down fugitives on the run and find missing children with In Pursuit With John Walsh. Each week, John Walsh leads viewers through unsolved violent crimes that urgently need to be closed – where time is of the essence and harnessing the power of ID’s active and engaged audience could bring these criminals to justice.

Joining John in every episode is his son, Callahan Walsh, who leads the operation on the ground, working in tandem with the community and local authorities to search for persons-of-interest. In partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), the series will also feature two missing children each hour, providing age-progression photos and descriptions in the hopes that viewers can provide new leads to their whereabouts


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