FBI confirms Wyoming child abduction suspect captured in Montana

News conference set for Monday

The FBI confirms that the suspect involved in the recent child abduction case in Wyoming has been apprehended. 

FBI spokesman Dave Joly said the suspect was arrested in Belgrade, Mont.  That's just outside of Bozeman on Interstate 90.

The Billings Gazette reported that Wyoming officials sent out an alert to law enforcement, including agencies in Montana, at about 11:20 a.m. Sunday that the suspect and his vehicle had been picked up.


Right now, 39-year-old Jesse Paul Speer is being held on a $2 million bond for Wyoming authorities.

7NEWS found Speer has ties to Colorado, with former addresses in Estes Park.

He has no criminal record in Colorado.

The Cody Enterprise newspaper reported that Cody police officers were in Bozeman.  The towns are 220 miles apart.

The public had been asked for help in locating the driver of a 2004 or 2005, white, four-door Toyota SR-5, 4-Runner in connection with the abduction of a girl in Cody, Wyoming last Tuesday.

The 11-year-old victim got into the SUV with the man after he said he was looking for a lost puppy.  She was later found walking down a mountain road in the dark.

The girl told the people who found her that the man pulled a gun on her and put a bag over her head, the Cody Enterprise reported.

Investigators said the abductor's vehicle was photographed by various surveillance cameras in Cody.

The FBI said earlier that the suspect was considered armed and dangerous.  

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