Suspect arrested for kidnapping cold case in Somerset Co., linked to cases in Hagerstown

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Police have made an arrest in a Somerset County kidnapping case nearly 20 years after the crime happened.

Police say September 19, 1999, Timothy David Nelson of Maryland kidnapped a 10-year-old off the streets in Shade Township, drove her to a remote location in West Virginia, and assaulted her. The victim was released the same day. Police conducted an extensive investigation following the incident, but no leads developed.

In 2004, with DNA analysis, it was determined that the accused was linked to two other unsolved kidnappings in 1998 in Hagerstown, Maryland. No other leads developed.

The crime was solved in late 2018 and State Police arrested Nelson Tuesday morning in Cumberland, Maryland.

Police said a brown paper bag used in the assault and tossed out the window of Nelson’s car was the key to identifying him.

They said DNA found on the bag linked Nelson to two other similar cases, and fingerprints, also on the bag, were key to identifying Nelson nearly 20 years after the alleged crime.

More information will air at 5 p.m. 

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