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October 09, 2012 8:10 am

Police seek a suspect accused of abducting girl in Cody

Written by CJ Baker

Local and federal authorities are searching for a man who is reported to have lured an 11-year-old Cody girl into his car and sexually assaulted her on Monday. Cody police are specifically asking for help from hunters who were in the Carter Mountain area that afternoon.

A white man described as 55 to 60 years old is reported to have enticed the 11-year-old into his car in front of the Park County Complex on Monday afternoon, according to a Tuesday news release from Cody Police Chief Perry Rockvam posted on the City of Cody's website.

Rockvam said that according to an friend who was with the girl, the man had asked the two girls to help him find his black Lab puppy and the girl had agreed to help.g

The friend reported the incident to police at about 4:33 p.m., Rockvam said, an estimated 45 minutes after the girl had been taken. An Amber Alert was issued at 6:43 p.m.

A party of hunters found the girl walking down Spirit Mountain Road (also known as Carter Mountain Access Road) outside Cody around 8:15 p.m., Rockvam said. The girl reported having been sexually assaulted by the man before being let go, Rockvam said. The girl reported that the man had brandished a pistol to get her to enter the vehicle at the Park County Complex, the release said.

Please keep her in your thoughts," said Cody Police Officer John Harris in a Monday night posting on Facebook.

The man is described as having short strawberry blonde hair or white hair and a neatly trimmed strawberry blonde  or white mustache or beard, according to the release. He reportedly weighs between 185 and 200 pounds. He was reported to have been wearing a brown shirt, blue jeans and a tan baseball-styled cap, Rockvam said.

The vehicle has been described as a white SUV, possibly a suburban, with two seats up front and an open back compartment area with a mattress on the floor, Rockvam said. A black and red backpack was reportedly tied to a roof rack and a package of bottled water strapped or tied to both the top of the vehicle and the backpack

"Information reported is that it appears that the subject may possibly be living out of the vehicle," Rockvam said. "At this time, there is no information available as to a possible license plate."

Both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Wyoming DIvision of Criminal Investigation are assisting with the investigation, he said.

"Due to the Carter Mountain area being a common area for hunters this time of year, the Cody Police Department is seeking any information from hunters that have been hunting in the area recently that may be able to provide information on possible leads," said Rockvam in the release. "If you have any information that may assist in helping to identify and/or locate the suspect, we ask that you contact the Cody Police Department at 307-527-8700."

A candelight vigil has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of the Cody Recreation Center, where local church leaders will lead prayers.

"It is a time to lend our support to the (girl's) family and reflect on the importance of community and teaching our children some important life lessons," said KODI news director David Koch in an email.

Editor's note: This version of the story removes the name of the girl.

20 comments

  • Comment Link October 09, 2012 8:26 am posted by Michael Newton

    Why cant we put together a citizen search party. Have law enforcement set up check points at all of the possible routes leaving the mountain and a bunch of us (search and rescue, volunteers deputies etc..) canvas the mountain for this white SUV? If we can put this together I will be the first to volunteer. There is a chance this creep is still up there. So what if he is armed...so am I and im pi$$ed!

  • Comment Link October 09, 2012 10:15 am posted by Alissa

    I would help too and it is great if they would do something. I'm a mother and I don't want this creep near my kids at all

  • Comment Link October 09, 2012 10:22 am posted by Michelle Hampton

    I'm with you Michael. I'm a furious and protective mother and I would volunteer as well.

  • Comment Link October 09, 2012 10:38 am posted by Kelsey

    I completely agree I would help in a heart beat...When this came across my TV last night we wanted to murder him.We were instantly sick to our stomachs!Very sad that there are such sick people out there!

  • Comment Link October 09, 2012 10:39 am posted by Mike Snyder

    I would drive up from Riverton to help with that search!!!!!

  • Comment Link October 09, 2012 10:41 am posted by mary

    What about air search for the vehicle? I bet I know several organizations who would go up to search from above as well.

  • Comment Link October 09, 2012 11:09 am posted by Sam Clyde

    Best hope I don't catch him first.... won't be anything for them to take to trial!!!

  • Comment Link October 09, 2012 11:39 am posted by T

    Michael- great idea, except checkpoints on roadways are unconstitutional in Wyoming.

  • Comment Link October 09, 2012 11:45 am posted by Jerry Summers

    Some clarification please for those who would like to help. Was it the Spirit Mountain road or Carter Mtn access? The two are NOT the same. One is at the entrance to the canyon and the other is about 25 miles up the South Fork.

  • Comment Link October 09, 2012 12:40 pm posted by Heather

    Isn't it against the law to release the name of a juvenile in this type of crime? My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family. Please catch this man, our children need to feel safe at all times and it's people like this who jepordize their very freedom to live in peace.

  • Comment Link October 09, 2012 1:03 pm posted by MelBa

    While it doesn't hurt to look in the area, my guess is that he let her go and ditched town. With the time frame of events, he could have been in Billings before the Amber Alert was even posted. It also makes me wonder about the missing girl from CO...

  • Comment Link October 09, 2012 1:13 pm posted by CJ Baker, Tribune Staff

    Jerry: This is how Cody police described the location: "Spirit Mountain Road (also known as the Carter Mountain Access
    Road), which is located off the South Fork road (State Highway 291) just outside Cody." We don't have any other information.

  • Comment Link October 09, 2012 4:27 pm posted by Cherokee Sunshine

    My heart breaks for this child and what she endured. However, I am so relieved she got to come back to her family because that is usually NOT the case. There is a special spot in Hell for this pervert. Hope he is caught and gets the death penalty. (Harming an innocent child should be instant death penalty in every state.) I'd be glad to pull the lever or give the injection.

  • Comment Link October 09, 2012 5:34 pm posted by Kimberly

    i wrote down all the info of what this pervert looks like i live in Greybull so i will keep info in my truck as well as in my house i will be on the look out for this guy we need to catch him quick my heart goes out to that little girl and her family!

  • Comment Link October 09, 2012 8:30 pm posted by Andee Kleinhans

    What a wonderful group of people that posted here in caring and in empathy for the little girl and her family. Thank you, all of you for the hearts and minds that you have expressed here.

    I, too, am very glad she got to come home to her family; on the awful side, even with years of counseling, this beast will leave an indelible mark on her...I know but it was someone I knew.

    My prayers will go with her each and every day and I will be happy to do whatever I can to help both the family and this young lady.

    My other heartache is, if he is caught, he will be turned loose or get a year or two or worse yet..plead mental illness and some corrupt psychologist will acknowledge same and he will be in a mental institute for 18 months and then set free...Heaven Forbid that happen..the needle is what he deserves within hours of being found!

    God Be With You All!!!

  • Comment Link October 09, 2012 8:49 pm posted by MotherOfAStrongWill

    (Parents) its safer these days to walk with,or drive your child there and back to school your self. There is so much going on in this economy right now, these are the times that people go crazy. Bottom line teach your kids talk to them every day before they leave "STRANGER DANGER" and just because sometimes you meet new people tell your kids there "NOT FRIENDS" some kids see that as is "IT'S OK MY MOM OR DAD KNOWS THIS PERSON". So talk to your kids ahead of time. Tell them to scream or yell "Help" or "Pervert" and run the opp' direction that will scare off the person trying to take them.

  • Comment Link October 10, 2012 7:30 am posted by lisa manweiler

    My prayers go out to this little girl and her family. She didn't deserve what happen. She was innocent. I will pray for her and her family. My heart breaks for this little girl and her family. When they catch him let him pay for what he did. They need to catch him before he gets other innocent girls. They shouldn't have to go through what [the girl] did. That is very sad. Our heavenly father was watching [the girl] that night and they found her safe. But the sicko that kidnapped her hurt her really bad. I believe when they catch him they should give him the death penalty plus the injection.

  • Comment Link October 10, 2012 3:04 pm posted by Ty

    My prayers go out to this girl she did not deserve what happend I will keep you in my prayers

  • Comment Link October 10, 2012 10:10 pm posted by Ty

    I pray for her. Very day.

  • Comment Link October 11, 2012 8:50 pm posted by S R Edwards

    OMG,Andee my 73 yr old mother said the same thing yestureday that you posted.
    I have to agree with Sam C. I hope the authorities catch him before one of us mad wyoming people do.
    I cannot imagine the horror that that little girl went through. I THANK GOD that he put those kind hunters were the needed to be on that day. My thoughts and prayers go out to her and her family.
    I know this will take alot of healing for her and the family.. The sick person and I mean SICK person,, that did this has no idea what he has done to her, her family and this community. I pray that some day he knows the fear, horror and pain she felt that day.

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