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Christian Longo Captured in Mexico

Aired January 14, 2002 - 10:05   ET

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DARYN KAGAN, CNN ANCHOR: Right now, we want to get back to our top story, and that is the breaking news out of Mexico and the apparent arrest of Christian Longo. He is the man who was on the FBI's 10 most wanted, also featured on "America's Most Wanted," a man accused of killing three of his own children and his wife in Oregon.

Let's bring in Susan Candiotti from the Washington bureau with more.

Susan, hello.

SUSAN CANDIOTTI, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Daryn.

Of course you might recall that it was just last Friday that Christian Michael Longo was placed on the FBI's 10 most wanted list. At the time on Friday, the FBI announced they had reason to believe he had escaped to Mexico. He is charged with the murder of his wife and three young children, just last month. The ages of those children, 2, 3, 4, their bodies discovered last month in bays off the coast of Oregon.

Now, we do know this, that when he was placed on the FBI's 10 most wanted list on Friday, was the very next day that the program "America's Most Wanted" featured Christian Michael Longo on its broadcast. We do not know at this time what led to his capture, whether a tip was called in after his story was featured on that broadcast, or whether the FBI, through other sources, tracked him down to Mexico.

But in fact, he was picked up there, and there are efforts under way at this time to extradite him to the United States. Now, we do know that there was reward announced on Friday, a $50,000 reward as well for any information leading to his arrest. And it was slightly over a week ago that authorities discovered a car allegedly stolen by him left behind at an airport. The airport in San Francisco, and that eventually led them to additional information that he was hiding out in Mexico.

We hope to learn more about the circumstances that led to his arrest at a news conference later this day, a news conference held by the FBI in Portland, Oregon, where he was charged -- where Longo was charged with the murder of his wife and three small children -- Daryn.

KAGAN: Susan Candiotti with the latest on the arrest of Christian Longo, or at least the discovery of him in Mexico.

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