Athens police are looking to question this man about an auto theft and kidnapping that took place earlier this month.
Photo: Athens-Clarke County Police
Photo: Athens-Clarke County Police

Police look to question man about Athens kidnapping case

Athens police hope to question a man believed to have information about a case involving a car stolen earlier this month with a child inside.

Investigators have released surveillance images of the man they said was near an Oconee County Home Depot where the child and car were discovered. 

A CrimeStoppers reward of up to $1,000 has been offered for information leading to an arrest in the case.

Police responded to a vehicle theft and kidnapping call at a home on Windy Hill Place the evening of Feb. 10.

Officers met with a 22-year-old woman who said her 2001 Ford Taurus had been stolen from her driveway with her 11-month-old daughter strapped in the backseat, Athens police spokesman Geoffrey Gilland said. 

The child was discovered unharmed in the car that evening in a parking lot along Epps Bridge Road in neighboring Oconee County.

“Detectives believe this individual may have information that could further our investigation,” Gilland said, declining to call the man a suspect or even a person of interest in the case.

Anyone who knows the man is asked to contact investigators at 706-613-3888. 

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