UPDATE: 66-year-old goes missing on day he’s due in court for sex crimes


Michael Taber

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – St. Louis County authorities issued an endangered SILVER advisory Monday after a 66-year-old man walked out of his apartment overnight and left a suicide note behind. He was due in court that morning to stand trial for numerous sex crimes.

According to a spokesperson for the St Louis County Police Department, Michael Taber had been staying at an apartment in the 1900 block of Lemay Ferry Road. He was reported missing around 2 a.m.

Police said Taber left his cellphone and an ankle monitor behind at the apartment.

Court records indicate he was ordered to wear an ankle monitor while awaiting trial in St. Louis City for one count of second-degree statutory rape, two counts of second-degree child molestation, one count of second-degree rape, two counts of second-degree aggravated sexual abuse, one count of second-degree statutory sodomy, and one count of unlawful use of a weapon.

Taber has several diagnosed medical conditions—dementia, kidney and liver failure, and internal bleeding—and did not take any of his medications with him.

Taber stands 5’10” tall and weighs approximately 185 pounds, with white hair, brown eyes, and a light complexion. He’s believed to be wearing a grey zip-up sweatshirt and blue jeans.

Anyone who has seen Taber or has information on his whereabouts is asked to dial 911 immediately to contact their nearest law enforcement agency or call the St. Louis County Police Department at 636-529-8210.

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