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Man suspected in kidnapping had permission to leave Colorado

A convoluted case involving Colorado has gotten some national press attention. A man wanted in an alleged kidnapping of a woman now presumed to be dead was given permission by a judge to leave Colorado, where he's facing drug charges about 300 miles west of Colorado Springs, in Grand Junction.

The 22-year-old is accused by police of kidnapping a Montana teacher, who has not been found.

The man asked a Colorado judge to leave the state to go see his brother, who had been injured in Texas. He got permission to leave two days before the woman apparently disappeared.

It's unclear to law enforcement whether the accused ever actually went to see his brother, or if his brother had indeed been injured in a car accident.

The 22-year old man and another suspect in the kidnapping were found in South Dakota.

The 22-year-old had been scheduled for an arraignment in Garfield County this week on charges on marijuana trafficking-related charges.

A 14-year-old student reportedly told authorities that the suspect gave him marijuana back in 2009 and asked him to text a message to other students to see if they would like to buy marijuana.

He was free on a $500 bond in the case.

Garfield County prosecutors didn't object to his request to leave the state.

It appears that the two men in question knew each other, but details as to why they are suspected of the kidnapping of the Montana teacher are not clear.

Source: Washington Post: "Montana kidnapping suspect had court permission to leave Colorado for Texas," Associated Press, Jan. 19, 2012

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