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Published June 23, 2011, 10:01 AM

Identity of Beltrami County Toddler Missing 29 Years is Stolen

A Beltrami County sheriff's investigator says a Michigan man suspected of stealing the identity of a toddler missing for 29 years is not a suspect in the child's disappearance.

By: Associated Press,

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) — A Beltrami County sheriff's investigator says a Michigan man suspected of stealing the identity of a toddler missing for 29 years is not a suspect in the child's disappearance.

Investigator Scott Hinners is re-examining the Kevin Jay Ayotte case from 1982. The 3-year-old disappeared from his family home in Sugar Bush Township in eastern Beltrami County. Hinners says the boy's mother went outside to hang up some laundry and when she returned her son was gone.

Hinners recently discovered the identity theft while running names from the case file through investigative databases. And he found the suspect was living in the same area as the child's parents in Michigan. The Bemidji Pioneer (http://bit.ly/kcV83i) says that after interviewing the parents and the man who admitted stealing the identity, Hinners determined it was a coincidence that they were all living in the same area.

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