Vehicle of suspected church abductor searched by Ga. investigators

Associated Press - May 13, 2010 2:04 PM ET

ATLANTA (AP) - State investigators are scouring the Nissan Xterra owned by a man who killed himself after a standoff with Atlanta police in hopes of finding evidence that may link him to a missing Georgia woman. Authorities believe that James Scott Carringer was the man who attempted to abduct a little girl in the parking lot of a church near Montgomery on Easter Sunday.

Carringer shot and killed himself after Atlanta police tried to arrest him on charges that he raped a teenager in Gilmer County.

Now the Georgia Bureau of Investigation says Carringer could be linked to the disappearance of Kristi Cornwell, a 38-year-old who police say was abducted near her parents' home in Blairsville, Ga.

GBI agents are conducting a battery of tests on Carringer's Nissan Xterra, the same type of car spotted in the area the night Cornwell went missing. GBI spokesman John Bankhead says "we are pursuing it as a lead."

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