Authorities have put out a nationwide alert for a car believed to have been used in the kidnapping of a 6-year-old Ohio girl -- a vehicle registered to a Maryland man recently released from prison after serving 21 years for kidnapping another child.
Nicole Driver of Columbus was released unharmed Sunday after a 51-hour ordeal.
Her abductor bought her crayons, a coloring book and fast food and forced her to sleep in his car with him, Columbus police said.
Nicole was grabbed Friday afternoon while she and three friends were playing near her home.
The kidnapper lured her to the car by offering her candy, police said.
The abduction caused a wave of fear in the Columbus area as local police and the FBI searched for the girl.
On Sunday, a witness reported seeing a car leaving the area where Nicole was dropped off. The car had Maryland license plates AGX-532, police said.
According to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, the license plate is registered to Kyle Winston Sherrill, 54, who lists on his license an address in the 3200 block of Wheaton Way in Ellicott City.
Mr. Sherrill had recently been released from prison after serving 21 years for a kidnapping similar to the one reported in Ohio, according to Maryland law enforcement officials.
Police emphasized that Mr. Sherrill has not been charged with a crime, but said they would question him if he is located.
His whereabouts were unknown last night, and the car has become the subject of a nationwide search.
Details of Mr. Sherrill's criminal history are sketchy, and it is unknown where he served his prison time.
In May 1970, he was arrested by the FBI and charged with kidnapping 5-year-old Kristie Lynn Slater in Chattanooga, Tenn., and driving her to Birmingham, Ala., and finally to Atlanta. She was released there three days after the kidnapping.
After his arrest, Mr. Sherrill, described in newspaper articles as a professor and part-time construction worker, claimed to have kidnapped 20 people.
He also claimed to have killed three teen-agers, one in Maryland, one in Tennessee and one in Texas. Information was not available as to the validity of those claims.
Police said that although Mr. Sherrill currently lists an address in Howard County, the residence is just a mailing address and he actually resides in Catonsville.
The suspect in the Columbus kidnapping is described as a white male in his 40s or 50s, with gray medium-length hair and several teeth missing.
His clothes were described as a yellow-print shirt with floral design and brown trousers.
Anyone with information on the car should call the FBI at 265-8080.