New lead in missing child case in Wash.

Published: Dec. 10, 2009 at 4:18 PM

ISSAQUAH, Wash., Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Authorities in King County, Wash., said they have identified a person of interest in the disappearance of an area boy 41 years ago.

King County Sheriff's Detective Scott Tompkins said he considers a man who lived near David Adams' family as a person of interest in the 8-year-old boy's disappearance near Issaquah, Wash., on May 3, 1968, KOMO-TV, Seattle, reported Wednesday.

Tompkins said the Lewis County man, whose identity was not reported, was 20 at the time of the boy's disappearance. The detective said he uncovered evidence to support his theory after getting a subpoena for the man's phone records.

"There is evidence in our investigation that our person of interest is trying to steer potential witnesses away from the police," said Tompkins, who began looking into the cold case this year. "That's why we served the search warrant, to contact more people within that inner circle."

Police reports indicate the unidentified man was in the area when Adams disappeared and tracking dogs followed a scent to the man's home during the search for the missing boy, KOMO reported.

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