Did FBI Miss Opportunity to Crack Abduction Case in Cleveland? Agents Dismiss Some Public Claims

Steve Neavling

The FBI missed a critical opportunity to make progress in the Cleveland abduction case in 2004, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Fernando Colon, who was living with one of the suspect’s ex-wives at the time, said he told investigators that suspect Ariel Castro knew two girls who had gone missing a year earlier.

“Nobody wanted to believe me about this guy,” Colon said in an interview with The Plain Dealer. “Maybe the FBI didn’t feel there was enough evidence to focus on him.”

But FBI Special Agent Stephen Anthony dismissed the claims, saying agents “scrubbed” records to determine whether there ever was a mention of Castro, one of three brothers accused in the abduction and rape of the girls, the Plain Dealer reported.

Anthony said there’s “no reason to believe” the FBI had been tipped off.

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