Boone County authorities seek man accused of swindling relatives

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 | 7:00 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Authorities are asking for help in locating a Missouri man wanted on suspicion of cheating his elderly relatives out of money.

Farrel G. Pride, 44, is being sought on suspicion of swindling his relatives, one of whom is terminally ill, out of $109,000. Although the couple live in Colorado, Pride's last known residence was near Sturgeon, and he has associates in Boone County, said Detective Tom O'Sullivan of the Boone County Sheriff's Department.

Pride's relatives notified the Sheriff's Department in April, saying they thought he was scamming them. In January, the Boone County prosecuting attorney issued a warrant for Pride.

O'Sullivan said he doubts Pride is still in Boone County but hopes residents will be on alert.

"We can't say for sure, but I tend to think if he was still in the area, we would have found him by now," O'Sullivan said. "But we're hoping that somebody recognizes him or knows him and will call in."

Pride has relatives and associates in Illinois and the northwestern United States.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to Pride's arrest. Anyone with information about his whereabouts can call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 875-8477.

Supervising editor is Edward Hart.

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