UPDATE: McKenzie was spotted Wednesday afternoon in Palm Springs. He was in the 500 block of South Palm Canyon Drive. Deputies went out there and arrested him without incident.


SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) A paroled rapist in Southern California has gone missing after cutting off his monitoring device, and authorities said Wednesday he has been harassing the family of his 80-year-old victim with dozens of threatening and obscene phone calls.

Police have asked for the public's help as they search for Dennis Michael McKenzie, 58, who disappeared from a Long Beach halfway house after getting rid of his GPS locater.

It wasn't immediately known how long McKenzie has been on the lam, but authorities took a photo of him last month after he was picked up on a parole violation and put in jail for five days, said San Bernardino County sheriff's spokeswoman Jodi Miller.

Authorities said over the past month McKenzie has made more than 50 phone calls from his Long Beach apartment to the victim's family in the San Bernardino Mountains. They wouldn't elaborate on the threats, but the push to catch McKenzie has been amplified because of the calls.

"He's a threat not only to the victim, but he's a threat, in general, to public safety," Miller said.

A message seeking comment from the California Department of Corrections was not immediately returned Wednesday.

McKenzie was convicted of raping an 80-year-old woman and sentenced to seven years in prison in 2004. The sexual assault occurred during a burglary, according to court documents.

Authorities don't believe McKenzie has relatives in Southern California, but he does have a history of frequenting the Lake Arrowhead area and Palm Springs.

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