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Published On: Wed, Jun 13th, 2018

Cold Case ends as Charley Hollin after running from the law after 1999 abduction, molestation of Indiana child

A man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for the 1999 abduction and sexual assault of a southern Indiana girl, after which authorities say he assumed the identity of a car crash victim and lived for years in Minnesota and Oregon.

A Jackson County judge ordered the sentence Tuesday for 62-year-old Charley Hollin after he guilty to felony child molesting charges, with prosecutors agreeing to not seek any other charges related to Hollin’s January 2017 arrest in Salem, Oregon.

Officials say Hollin disappeared from southern Indiana’s Jackson County by the time he was charged with attacking a 10-year-old girl.

The FBI published a detailed account of the manhunt in a post titled “Justice Finally Served.”
Here’s some details:

“…a 10-year-old girl waiting for her father after gymnastics practice was abducted and molested. The man who approached her outside a local girl’s club said he had locked the keys in his car and needed someone with slender arms to reach them.

 The attack shocked the community, all the more when the suspect fled before he could be apprehended. At the time, no one realized it would take nearly two decades to bring justice to the victim and her family, and a sense of closure to the community—or that an Indiana State Trooper who was born and raised in Seymour, and is now an FBI agent, would play a central role in resolving the case.

On that cold January day, Charley Hollin forced the girl into his car at knifepoint, drove away, and sexually assaulted her. Afterward, he made the girl leave the car naked, and her clothes were thrown out after her. Hollin also mistakenly threw out his own jacket, which contained his day planner.

Todd Prewitt was an Indiana State Police trooper at the time, and although he wasn’t assigned to the investigation, he took a keen interest. The crime had occurred in his district, and Seymour was his hometown. “I didn’t know the victim,” he said, “but I had family friends who sent their kids to that girl’s club.”

Federal authorities say Hollin had lived since 2001 as Andrew David Hall, an 8-year-old boy who died from a 1975 crash in Fayette County, Kentucky.

This was discovered when Hollin’s Social Security wage earning records ceased in 1999, and those for Andrew David Hall were first reported in 2000. “At that point,” Prewitt said, “I knew we were close.”

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- Catherine "Kaye" Wonderhouse, a proud descendant of the Wunderhaus family is the Colorado Correspondent who will add more coverage, interviews and reports from this midwest area.

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