The FBI identified a Moses Lake man Tuesday as the suspect in the abduction of a 7-year-old girl.
James William Fry, 32, was being sought in the kidnapping of Brittany Arterburn, said FBI spokesman Patrick Geonetta in Portland.
Although the address listed on his driver’s license was in Moses Lake, investigators believe Fry may have been living in Pasco.
Fry was seen 3 a.m. Monday in the Caldwell, Idaho, area, where he has relatives, said Don Johnson, an FBI spokesman in Hermiston.
No other details about Fry were released. Authorities in Oregon, Washington and Idaho were seeking him on federal charges.
“I’m glad they found out,” said Phil Arterburn, the girl’s uncle, after Fry’s name was released.
The girl was sitting with a friend on the grass near a busy corner the evening of July 22 when a man forced her into a small red pickup, police said.
She was released 28 hours later in front of a Shari’s Restaurant from an older white Chevrolet pickup.
The kidnapping spurred a community-wide search effort, with busloads of volunteers scouring outlying areas and a print shop churning out fliers.
Brittany later told police she was tied to a tree while the suspect obtained another vehicle, and later she spent some time inside a home.
The red pickup was found Friday near the Wanaket Wildlife Refuge on the Columbia River. It had been reported stolen the weekend of July 19 in Richland. The white full-size pickup, described as old and in poor condition, has not been found.
Fry has been described as white, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing about 145 pounds, with blonde or gray hair and a mustache. His lower teeth are believed to be discolored or black, and he’s missing one of his front upper teeth.
He was believed to be driving a 1988 blue Toyota pickup, possibly stolen from the Hermiston area.
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