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6-year-old child Cole Puffinburger found and released to father

Associated Press - October 19, 2008 5:03 PM ET

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Authorities say a 6-year-old kidnapped in what may have been a drug-trafficking tussle is back in his father's custody, and is being interviewed by Las Vegas police about his ordeal.

A hospital spokesman says Cole Puffinburger was treated and released to his father's care this morning. The child was found alone outside a Las Vegas church last night. Police say the boy was found in "extremely good condition."

Authorities are not commenting on how the boy got to the neighborhood, or where he'd been since his abduction last Wednesday.

His kidnapping is believed to be connected to his grandfather's alleged ties to Mexican drug dealers. The grandfather is due to appear before a federal magistrate tomorrow. Police are also searching for at least one more "person of interest" in the case.

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