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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Kidnapped boy, Cole Puffinburger, found in Las Vegas

Kidnapped boy found in Las Vegas

A 6-year-old Las Vegas boy believed to have been kidnapped by drug dealers has been found alive at a bus stop in the city, authorities say.

Las Vegas police say Cole Puffinburger, 6, the subject of a nationwide amber alert missing child search, was found just before 11 p.m. Saturday after a four-day investigation, KVVU-TV, Las Vegas, reported. His condition was not released.

Cole's grandfather, Clemons Tinnemeyer, 51, is in custody in California. Police officials said Tinnemeyer's alleged debts to a Mexican drug gang may have been the motivation for the kidnapping, in which armed men disguised as police officers broke into the boy's home Wednesday, tied up his mother and stepfather and abducted him at gunpoint.

After Tinnemeyer was apprehended Friday in California, police canceled the amber alert for Cole. Las Vegas authorities told KVVU they were looking for a second person of interest, Jesus Gastelum, described as a man in his 30s who may have ties to both the drug gang and Cole's family.

Copyright 2008 by United Press International

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