Fugitive on the run for 18 years has been caught

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

Charley Hollin, 61, who once lived in the Clearspring area, 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 this morning to announce Hollin’s arrest and return to Indiana to face state and federal charges. Minkler will be joined by the FBI, Jackson County Prosecutor AmyMarie Travis and Seymour Police Chief Bill Abbott.

On Jan. 20, 1999, it was reported a 10-year-old Seymour girl was abducted at knifepoint outside the old Girls Inc. facility in the 500 block of West Second Street and later was sexually assaulted.

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.

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

In March 2000, 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.

After two years, leads in the case had dwindled to nothing, police said.

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 including Nova Scotia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Guatemala and Puerto Rico.

Hollin was a former factory worker and private detective who would exhibit a badge to others to convince them he was a police officer, according to the FBI profile.

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