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Chowchilla Kidnapping / Arrests #489317

NBC Evening News for Friday, Jul 30, 1976
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(Studio) Fred Woods, James and Richard Schoenfeld under arrest for Chowchilla kidnapping.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Chowchilla, California) Reporter recounts story of kidnapping. [Bus driver Edward RAY - says wouldn't let kidnappers live if he could get hold of them.] Search warrants for quarry owner's estate obtained from physical evidence in buried moving van and other clues. Trailer like 1 used for children's prison and ransom note rptdly. found on estate. Warrants issued for 3 suspects; within hrs. Richard Schoenfeld surrendered in Oakland, California. Older brother, James, arrested in Menlo Park, California. Frederick Woods arrested in Vancouver, Canada. Two weeks after kidnapping 3 main suspects arrested. FBI says its investigation over. Madera Cnty. sheriff says he'll continue to check on possibility of other suspects. Biggest question in case, why children were kidnapped, unanswered.
REPORTER: Don Harris

Brinkley, David;
Harris, Don

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