Arrest made in 18-year-old cold case

A fugitive wanted by local police and the FBI for the past 18 years has been arrested in Oregon.

Charley Hollin, 61, who lived in Clearspring, faces local charges of kidnapping and child molestation in a Seymour cold case from 1999.

U.S. District Attorney Josh Minkler plans to conduct a press conference Friday morning to announce Hollin’s arrest.

On Jan. 20, 1999, it was reported a 10-year-old Seymour girl was abducted at knifepoint outside the old Girls Inc. facility on West Second Street and later was sexually assaulted.

A warrant for Hollin’s arrest was issued Feb. 3, 2000, and a federal warrant was issued April 5, 2007.

In March 2003, Seymour officers went to Hollin’s place of employment in Columbus to arrest him on the local warrant. They were told he had left the company about a month before for a three-week vacation and later called back and said he would not be returning to work.

According to police reports, after the molestation occurred, the suspect dropped the girl off in the Cortland area and made her leave the car naked and threw her clothes out of the car.

The FBI is charging Hollin with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution and in its profile of him said he was known to disguise his identity with fake hairpieces and mustaches and has traveled all over the world.

Read the full story in Friday’s Tribune and online at tribtown.com.

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January Rutherford is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. She can be reached at jrutherford@tribtown.com or 812-523-7069.