Minkler spoke about the case and the man in custody, Charles Hollin, Friday morning.
Hollin, who disappeared 16 years ago, faces federal charges that include unlawful flight to avoid prosecution and identity theft, along with state and local charges related to a 1999 kidnapping and child molestation case.
According to Minkler, Hollin assumed the stolen identity of a child, Andrew David Paul, who was killed in a car accident, and was living under that name in Oregon. Minkler called facial recognition technology a real break in the case, explaining that Hollin used David Paul’s name to obtain a passport within the last year, and analysis of that passport photo led the FBI to locating and arresting him.
Investigators eventually tracked Hollin to Salem, Oregon, where U.S. Marshals arrested him on Tuesday. But he will soon be back in Indiana.
Hollin made the FBI’s Most Wanted list after they said he kidnapped and sexually assaulted a young girl in Seymour in 1999.
Investigators said he pulled a knife on the girl, sexually assaulted her, then dropped her off on the side of a country road.
About a year later, police issued a warrant, but could not find Hollin.
People who live in the area said the cold case left a lot of questions, that they are now glad to have answered.
Minkler also spoke of what Hollin’s arrest means for the victim. “It is my firm hope that the work we’ve all done will help you and give you some peace,” Minkler said.
You can watch the press conference in the video above.