A Florida man wanted on child pornography possession and distribution charges was arrested Monday in Nye County, the county sheriff’s office wrote in a release.
In May of last year, Nye County deputies responded to reports of a vehicle that was parked in the Hot Creek Ranch area, about 150 miles northeast of Tonopah, for several days. A note inside the car, which was registered to 51-year-old David Erdman, of Florida, said “Out camping, will be back soon.”
Nye County Search and Rescue and sheriff’s office deputies did an exhaustive 14-day search of the area and contacted Florida officials, who reported that Erdman was the subject of a federal investigation for the possession and distribution of child pornography, the release said.
After several weeks of searching the area with no results, the Nye County sheriff’s office called the search off and impounded Erdman’s vehicle. Deputies concluded that Erdman was either lost in the area or had staged the scene to effect his disappearance, the release said.
In June 2014, FBI agents confirmed that an extraditable warrant was issued for the arrest of Erdman, Nye County sheriff’s office spokesman David Boruchowitz said.
On Sunday, an informant told the sheriff’s office that Erdman was living at the Economy Inn in Tonopah, where he was working as a maintenance person.
The sheriff’s office arrested Erdman Monday morning in the Economy Inn parking lot. He is being held at the Tonopah Detention Facility awaiting extradition to Florida, the release said.
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