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Abducted Child Found

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

His father says he plans to hug him, kiss him and tell he loves him. The F-B-I says Adam Kirkirt was found unharmed in a wooded area about 40 miles northwest of Atlanta.

Kirkirt's disappearance sparked a three state manhunt because he was believed to be with a friend of his father's who was also a convicted child molester. Forty-two year-old Frederick Fretz was convicted of sexually assaulting an eleven-year-old boy in Pennsylvania in 1991.

Fretz is a long-time friend of Kirkirt's father, and often drove the boy to and from school. The father says Fretz never told him he was a sex-offender.

An F-B-I spokesman says Fretz has not been located. His car was found early today abandoned on an interstate northwest of Atlanta.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokesman John Bankhead says Fretz's car was found near I-75, which leads from Florida into Georgia. Bankhead says the F-B-I was leading the investigation.

Authorities issued an Amber Alert on Wednesday once they found out that Fretz had been convicted in 1991 for sexually assaulting an 11-year-boy in Pennsylvania.

Fretz never registered as a sex offender when he moved to Florida.

Marion County Jail officials say they're reviewing their procedures to find out why Fretz's sex-offender status didn't raise any red flags.


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