Kidnapping suspect arrested in Alabama; Longmont girl found safe

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Thomas Fechtler

COFFEEVILLE, Ala. — Thomas Fechtler, the man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl, was arrested in Alabama on Thursday morning and the girl was found safe, the Longmont Police Department said.

Fechtler was wanted on a felony arrest warrant for sexual assault on a child in a position of trust, kidnapping and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Police put out a notice for Fechtler on Wednesday and said earlier Thursday they received tips from Kansas and Missouri.

He was driving a light green 2007 Toyota Rav4 with Missouri license plate WH9K2U. The vehicle has rear damage and expired license plates (November 2015).

Longmont police said the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office found the vehicle and arrested Fechtler, and the girl was found safe.

Longmont police said it received a lot of help from the FBI field office in Fort Collins, and FBI field agents in Alabama and the National Center for Missing and exploited Children.

Coffeeville is is in west Alabama, about 90 miles north of Mobile.

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