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NEPHI — With the help of the public, police captured two Washington state sex offenders who were wanted parolees Tuesday night.
Nephi police located the vehicle used by the two earlier and tracked them down. A Honda convertible connected to Glen Feinman and Deanna Tampico, both 33, was discovered overnight Thursday, according to Nephi Police Capt. Burt Wright.
Feinman and Tampico went missing from Washington on April 27 after ditching their ankle bracelets, Wright said. Detectives reportedly pulled up Feinman's name after running the vehicle's license plate number.
Passersby told police they saw two people duck down inside the vehicle after passing it about three blocks away from the highway interchange in Nephi. A local woman who had seen the couple in the area recognized them from a Facebook post and relayed the information to Springville police.
Feinman spent seven years in prison for the rape of a 13-year-old girl and was paroled in 2012, Wright said. Tampico was convicted of sexually exploiting a homeless teenage girl and is listed as a sex offender in Washington, according to media reports there.
We believe they were scared away by people reporting it or officers responding to the area. This isn't a great place to get stranded. It's hard to blend in in a small community.
–Nephi Police Capt. Burt Wright
Both missed court hearings in late April, according to Wright. Feinman frequently uses a woman's name with the last name Sims as an alias and Tampico frequently uses the last name Bender, the captain said.
Wright was unsure of the relationship between Feinman and Tampico, but said Washington authorities were surprised to find their ankle monitors abandoned at the same location.
Wright didn't believe Feinman and Tampico would stick around Nephi after their vehicle was discovered and impounded by police.
"We believe they were scared away by people reporting it or officers responding to the area. This isn't a great place to get stranded. It's hard to blend in in a small community," Wright said.
The Honda was reportedly full of personal belongings, including clothing, hygiene items and camping equipment. However, the car was devoid of any wallets, cellphones or photo identification.
When the two were found, they gave false information to police and Feinman attempted to flee, according to the Springville Police Department. Officers had photographs identifying them, however, and took them into custody.
Contributing: Brianna Bodily