In the first few days of a new initiative to track down sex offenders who aren't registered with the state, Rich Cowan wasn't convinced the effort would see much success.

That's because the first two people who were found were located through coroners' offices.

"We thought we were off to a bad start," Cowan said. "That reputation stuck with us for a while."

But not for too long.

Since Cowan and a team of four other former law enforcement officials started working in October, 205 sex offenders who are supposed to be registered have been found.

(The first two were the only ones so far who were dead.)