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Sunday, June 19, 2005

eBay Items Lead Police to Suspect in Abduction

Authorities said they used eBay, the online auction site, to locate a man suspected of abducting his daughter.

The Humboldt County Sheriff's Department tracked Eric Gotsch, 31, to Burnet County, Texas, after spotting Gotsch's various eBay offerings on the Internet, officials said. He was arrested Wednesday.

Gotsch was supposed to drop off his 3-year-old daughter at her mother's home in McKinleyville on June 2, but he failed to arrive and didn't show up for work.

Gotsch will probably be extradited to California, where he will be charged with felony child concealment, according to the Sheriff's Department.