DETROIT (WWJ) – Federal authorities are set to get involved in the hunt for a fugitive from Detroit. Reports say Corey Gaston will be named to the U.S. Marshal’s Top 15 Most Wanted list.
In June 2007, police say Gaston abducted a 10-year-old girl from her west side Detroit home, raped her at a nearby park and returned her back to her home.
Authorities say they found his cell phone and unknown DNA at the scene of the crime. Within days of the attack, a warrant was issued for Gaston’s arrest, but he was nowhere to be found.
The U.S. Marshals Task Force tracked Gaston down in Georgia, and returned him to Michigan in July 2007. A month later, a judge allowed Gaston to post bond until his February 2008 trial. During that time, investigators were able to positively match a DNA sample given by Gaston to the DNA found at the crime scene.
When his trial date came around, police say Gaston didn’t show, and he has not been seen or heard from since. U.S. Marshals say Gaston has been driving trucks since 2002, so he knows the nation’s roads well and could be just about anywhere.
Gaston was featured on America’s Most Wanted TV show in June 2008 and then again in January of 2009.