Man Arrested for Kidnapping 16 Years After Being Declared Dead

November 15, 2010

(ChattahBox U.S. News)—-After disappearing from his family, Thomas Steven Sanders was declared dead in Mississippi in 1994. But that didn’t stop federal agents from arresting the 53-year-old yesterday on charges that he kidnapped a 12-year-old girl who was later found dead, CNN reports.

Sanders was arrested alone at a truck stop yesterday following reports that he could be connected with the girl’s death. He had bought bullets at a Las Vegas Wal-Mart in September, which the FBI determined was consistent with the weapon used during the girl’s murder, CNN reports. The girl’s body was found last month in a wooded area in Louisiana after last being seen with her mother and Sanders.

Sanders had frequently changed his appearance since being declared dead, CNN notes. He is a white male with brown eyes, weighing about 200 pounds and missing most of his teeth.


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