(NEWSER) – "Affluenza" teen Ethan Couch is still a fugitive and authorities fear his wealthy family may have taken mollycoddling to a whole new level and helped him flee the country. When probation officers couldn't reach the 18-year-old after an alleged probation violation, they discovered that the Texas home he shared with his mother had been cleaned out apart from a pinball machine, reports Reuters.

Officials say the US Marshals Service and the FBI have now joined the search for the teenager and his mother, Tonya Couch, but sources tell Reuters that Couch's father has told investigators that the pair's passports are gone, sparking fears that they may have fled the country with a considerable head start on authorities.

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