SEYMOUR, Ind. – Federal authorities say a man charged in the 1999 kidnapping and sexual assault of a southern Indiana girl took the identity of a car crash victim and lived for many years in Minnesota and Oregon, until he was arrested this week.
Researchers identified 61-year-old Charles Hollin to Salem, Oregon, after he was identified through facial recognition software of his passport photo, the Procurator of the V. S. Josh Minkler said Friday at a press conference.
Hollin faces federal charges of identity theft and fleeing prosecution, with the court documents: he said that he had disappeared from the south of Indiana Jackson County by the time prosecutors filed charges in the beginning of 2000 against him in the kidnapping and assault of a 10-year-old girl.
Hollin assumes the identity of Andrew David Hall, who was 8 years old when he died as a result of a 1975 crash in Fayette County, Kentucky, and was buried in southern Indiana, according to an FBI statement. Hollin holds a $80,000 home equity loan in 1999 and a person with the help of Hall’s identity, obtained a Minnesota driver’s license in 2001, before moving to Oregon in 2011.
Minkler, said FBI agents had reviewed Hollin the disappearance frequently over the years, without success, to link him to the photo with the passport in Hall’s name.
“Facial recognition, clearly, was the break in the case that we were looking for,” Minkler said. “It is a great law enforcement technique used to bring people to justice.”
Hollin was arrested at a Wal-Mart store in Salem, where he worked and gave his true identity, federal officials said. Minkler said he did not know whether Hollin had family in Oregon, and that the researchers would be checking for a similar unsolved crimes in Minnesota and Oregon.
Hollin was brought to Indiana on Friday by federal agents and will be transferred to Jackson County authorities soon prosecuted on the felony charges of child abuse, and childbirth, Minkler said.
Court records are not a lawyer for Hollin who can respond to his name.
Hollin is charged with the kidnap of the child at knifepoint outside a Seymour girl of the club in 1999, takes her to a secluded area and kill her before leaving her naked along a remote road about 50 miles south of Indianapolis. With a DNA test linked Hollin the attack, according to the court documents.
He faces up to 50 years in prison if convicted of the most serious of the charges.
Jackson County Prosecutor AmyMarie Travis said the victim’s father told her that his daughter did well and was relieved by Hollin’s arrest.
“I was worried about how it would affect her mentally and emotionally to re-open these wounds,” said Travis. “But he said the main emotion he saw in her was a relief.”