PETERSBURG, Va. — U.S. Marshals need help to find a convicted sex offender recently released from a Virginia prison.

Based upon his photograph, Matthew Stager, 44, should be easy to recognize.

Marshals say Stager was released from Federal Correctional Complex in Petersburg on Thursday, Feb. 2. He was supposed to check into a transitional center in Texas that day, but failed to arrive, reported WAVY.

Sex offender whereabouts unknown

Stager’s last known location was in Petersburg. He has no specific ties to Hampton Roads, yet Marshals say it is possible he is in the area or has recently traveled through the region.

The U.S. Marshals Service is aware of Stager’s known connections in multiple states. They no doubt will be following up on these locations with local jurisdictions.

In addition to being a sex offender, Stager has a history of drug abuse and mental health concerns, according to Marshals.

They describe Stager as a white or Hispanic male, 44-years-old, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing about 145 pounds, with blond or strawberry hair. He has tattoos on his face, head, neck, back and left foot.

Anyone with information about Stager’s location is asked to contact the U.S. Marshals at 1-877-926-8332.

(Photo: U.S. Marshals)