Global Effort Helps Interpol Track Down Suspected Pedophile

By Krista Kjellman

Oct 16, 2007 8:30am

Three days after releasing a digitally reconstructed photo of a suspected child sex abuser, Interpol says it has tracked the suspect, Christopher Paul Neil, 32, to Thailand. "Thailand is at the centre of an international manhunt, and authorities in the country, in cooperation with Interpol and police around the world, are hunting him down," said Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble. After releasing the man’s image, Interpol says "five different sources from three continents" identified "Vico" — a codename given to the suspect for the investigation  — as a Canadian teaching English in South Korea. Today authorities in Thailand and Cambodia released the suspect’s name, nationality and age. Click Here for Full Blotter Coverage. Authorities in South Korea and Thailand say Neil flew last Thursday from Seoul to Thailand, where security cameras caught him arriving at the Bangkok International Airport. The global police agency is now calling on the public again to help pinpoint "Vico’s" exact location. "We must once again enlist the public’s support," Secretary General Noble said. One week ago Interpol released four digitally reconstructed images of the suspected predator pictured in about 200 images on the Internet sexually abusing 12 different young boys. While the man obscured his own face, he left those of his victims unobstructed. In just over 12 hours after the images’ release, Interpol says it received some 200 messages. By today, that number had increased to more than 350. Interpol also said police in Cambodia were able to identify some of the locations in the pictures. Secretary General Noble credited the public’s overwhelming response for aiding the investigation "to make such remarkable progress in such a sort space of time." This post has been updated. Click Here to Register for Blotter Alerts.

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